The English Civil Wars

The English Civil Wars : A Beginner's Guide

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A king beheaded. A monarchy abolished. And a commoner leading a republic by military rule set in their place. The wars that tore through the country in the mid-seventeenth century - splitting government, communities and families alike - were a true watershed in English history. But how, with Queen Elizabeth I's Golden Age still in living memory, did such a situation arise?

Exploring the period's political disputes, religious conflicts and military battles, Patrick Little scrutinizes the nature and practicalities of conducting a civil war on English soil, as well as the experiences and motivations of key factions and combatants. By assessing how the realities of life in England shaped the conflict -and were torn apart by it - this wonderfully readable Beginner's Guide gets to the very heart of how a people came to kill their king.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 158.76g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
  • 1780743319
  • 9781780743318
  • 50,230

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'Accessible and expertly written...featuring a skilful use of original documents and images to illustrate key topics.' * Jackie Eales - President of the Historical Association and Professor of Early Modern History, Canter * 'A wonderful introduction...tells an intricate story with amazing clarity.' * Jason Peacey - Senior Lecturer in British History, University College London * 'This very clear, readable and informative account is now the best starting-point for those coming new to the subject.' * David L. Smith, Lecturer in History, the University of Cambridge *
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About Patrick Little

Patrick Little is senior research fellow at the History of Parliament Trust. His previous publications include Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland and Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (co-written with David L. Smith).
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