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The Campaigns of Sir William Waller, 1642-1645

Laurence Spring

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Helion & Company
01 October 2019
British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; English Civil War; Battles & campaigns
Nothing sums up the tragedy of the English Civil War more than the friendship between Sir William Waller and his opponent Sir Ralph Hopton as this war without an enemy. However, Waller was also a general respected by both sides during the war, the Royalist Colonel Walter Slingsby described him as the fox and the best shifter and chooser of ground when he was not master of the field. The Parliamentarian John Vicars in his England's Worthies published in 1647 refers to Waller as one of the most impregnable offensive and defensive walls of the kingdom. His victories in 1642 and early 1643 earned him the nickname of William the Conqueror, and due to his tactics of marching by night to surprise his enemy, the Night Owl. It was Waller who also first mentioned the need for the formation of the New Model Army. Using contemporary accounts to describe events, this book looks at Waller's campaigns from the siege of Portsmouth in June 1642 to April 1645 when his army was disbanded. It includeshis victories in the West in 1643, the raising of a new army in August 1643, the sieges of Basing House and Arundel Castle along with the defence of Farnham and the storming of Alton. Also included is Waller's many battles including Lansdown, Roundway Down, Cheriton, Cropredy Bridge, and the Second Battle of Newbury. The book also covers the logistics of putting Waller's Army into the field, including clothing, arms, and taxation as well as the tension between Waller and the Earl of Essex. AUTHOR: Laurence Spring studied at the Universities of London and Aberystwyth. He is also a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre. He has researched the early seventeenth century for many years and has written on various aspects of the English Civil War, including the Campaigns of Sir William Waller and the armies of Sir William Waller and the Earl of Manchester. 50 colour and b/w illustrations
By:   Laurence Spring
Imprint:   Helion & Company
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 180mm, 
ISBN:   9781912866564
ISBN 10:   1912866560
Series:   Century of the Soldier
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Laurence Spring studied at the Universities of London and Aberystwyth. He is also a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre. He has researched the early seventeenth century for many years and has written on various aspects of the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War, including the armies of Sir William Waller and the Earl of Manchester. He has also written books on the Russian Army during the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars and articles for Surrey in the Great War website.##His other books for the 'Century of the Soldier' series, The First British Army, the army of the Duke of Buckingham, 1624-1628 (2016) The Bavarian Army, the Backbone of the Catholic League (2017) The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt (2018) In the Emperor's Service, Wallenstein's Army, 1625-1634 (2019) and The Campaigns of Sir William Waller (2019). He also contributed the chapter, 'For God Sake Come Home, Soldiers' wives, 1620-1660' to the Helion's Home and Away, The British Experience of War, 1618-1721. The proceedings of the 2017 Helion's Century of the Soldier Conference.

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