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The English Civil Wars 1642-1651 (Essential Histories)


The English Civil Wars 1642-1651 (Essential Histories)

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    Available in PDF Format | The English Civil Wars 1642-1651 (Essential Histories).pdf | English
    Peter Gaunt(Author)
The period 1642-1651, one of the most turbulent in the history of mainland Britian, saw the country torn by civil wars. Focusing on the English and Welsh wars this book examines the causes, course and consequences of the conflicts. While offering a concise military account that assesses the wars in their national, regional and local contexts, Dr Gaunt provides a full appraisal of the severity of the wars and the true extent of the impact on civilian life, highlighting areas of continued historical debate. The personal experiences and biographies of key players are also included in this comprehensive and fascinating account.

Essential Histories are remarkably effective in presenting military events in the wider contexts of the new military history.

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  • PDF | 96 pages
  • Peter Gaunt(Author)
  • Osprey Publishing; 1st edition (20 Aug. 2003)
  • English
  • 9
  • History
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  • By Quentin D. Stewart on 28 March 2011

    The English Civil Wars appear very complex at first sight. Peter Gaunt does a fine job of condensing a complex series of events by focusing on the English Civil War of 1642-46. There is adequate information about the large and very famous battles such as Edgehill, Marston Moor and Naseby while informing the reader of the local skirmishes and sieges that took place as England and Wales became lands of garrisoned towns. The death toll for the first civil war was approximately 70,000 but the majority of fatalities and casualties took place in the towns and counties, and not on one of the better known battle fields.The second Civil War is discussed only briefly as is the Scottish-Royalist uprising of 1650-51. Given the limitations of space and the complexity of the subject matter this is a very good introduction to the English Civil Wars. Peter Gaunt is also sensitive to the complex question concerning the causes of the Civil Wars while focusing on the military aspect of these bloody struggles. Certain key figures such as Cromwell, however, come off as virtually incidental at times.

  • By Sine Wave Showreels on 7 August 2014

    Being a student of Professor Gaunt some years back, I had always been interested in his publications since. During that period in the 90s, I had bought the Cromwellian Gazetteer (sadly now out of print) which had accompanied me on many a family day out, when diversions to Civil War sites were common. "Where are we going dad? Is it a castle?" Make no mistake, Peter Gaunt's overall knowledge of the English Civil War is second to none.This book is testament to that. While the so called popular historians might have more reviews and trumpeted introductions to the field, I suspect that this is due to Gaunt's natural modesty and possibly the publisher's PR acumen (or lack of it).In this brief guide, he has that knack of being able to fit a great deal into his account of circumstances leading up the war and the very personal consequences for those who perished, suffered and ultimately succeeded or failed. Gaunt's writing style is balanced, fair and not at all biased by his admiration for Cromwell and stewardship of the Cromwell Association. Although I would say that if anyone is expecting the achievements of Prince Rupert to be heralded, they should look for books by Earl Spencer and the like. Cursory mentions of said commander of horse are notable by their absence. If you are looking for a military history, I would strongly recommend Peter Gaunt's comprehensive new book for which a separate review will be written, once finished.Take the memoir of the old man from Myddle who witnessed a royalist officer being slain right in front of him 50 or so years earlier. Imagine how any child would react to such a horrendous sight in any period of history. Gaunt reminds us that this was not just about haughty cavaliers, methodical roundheads, flag waving and tales of derring do. He is not out to depress us either. The human spirit comes through loud and clear in each of the pages.Perhaps as a teacher or a student looking to prepare for lessons or exams on the wars, this is the book eminently fits the bill. It is is also suitable if you need a brief introduction to the subject. I have a fairly good grasp of the period now, but I noticed it on Kindle and downloaded it during a recent train journey and was so deeply engrossed that I forgot where I put my ticket, the guard remarking "that must be a good read." It certainly was. It's an interpretation worth adding to your collection.

  • By Old Ben on 27 March 2016

    Abounding in detail of military engagements I had never heard of; accounts by ordinary folk added much interest; a simple, informative writing style. A little more detail about the King's final antics and about the 1650-51 engagements would have improved it for me. Also, comparing with other sources, I wonder whether the atrocities and brutalities were not worse than this book implies. Rather oddly, the author assumes that Londoners at that time were unfamiliar with country things, like the evacuee chldren of WW2. Perhaps not: London was tiny in the 17th century, the country almost just around the corner. Right into Victorian times milking herds were kept right near the centre of London.

  • By Paul Vickers on 11 February 2016

    Good book about our history, which I think we should do more in our Schools

  • By Tony on 17 March 2015

    Both birthday gifts to my son. They were very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • By mike davidson on 16 May 2016

    A good overview as an introduction to the subject

  • By Robert Moore on 4 June 2016

    A good, brief primer for the English Civil War.

  • By John Hayes on 12 January 2017

    It was as advertised

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