`The Furie of the Ordnance'

`The Furie of the Ordnance' : Artillery in the English Civil Wars

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The English Civil War has frequently been depicted as a struggle between Cavaliers and Roundheads in which technology played little part. The first-hand sources now tell us that this romantic picture is deeply flawed - revealing a reality of gunpowder, artillery, and a grinding struggle of siege and starvation.

As with naval warfare, developments in gun technology drastically changed land warfare in the years leading up to 1642. The Civil War was itself shaped largely by the availability of munitions. A failure to procure them in 1643 and 1644 - combined with abortive attempts on London - ultimately proved the downfall of the Royalists. Moreover a final move away from fortified local garrisons reshaped both the nature of warfare in England, and the country itself.

STEPHEN BULL is Curator of Military History and Archaeology, Lancashire Museums.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 28mm | 762.03g
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 Line drawings, black and white; 28 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1843834030
  • 9781843834038
  • 695,362

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Required reading for early modern industrial and military historians. SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEWS

An excellent contribution to the study of the English Civil War, and early modern warfare in general, and will almost certainly become a standard reference for historians of both. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH

The book brings together the technical, the military, the industrial and the strategic, to provide a rounded account of a fascinating subject. It also acts as a powerful statement of the importance of military history in making sense of the bigger picture. CROMWELLIANA
Scholars of British military history and weapon development will appreciate the detailed maps, chronology and extensive appendices. SCITECH BOOKS
An important book, which questions many assumptions and should make its author very proud. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY
An excellently researched and well-written book with clearly explained argument and supporting evidence. Philip A. Magrath, (Curator of Artillery, Royal Armouries) CASEMATE
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