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The English Civil War

An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639-51

Nick Lipscombe Anne Curry



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07 December 2020
'The English Civil War is a joy to behold, a thing of beauty... this will be the civil war atlas against which all others will judged and the battle maps in particular will quickly become the benchmark for all future civil war maps.' -- Professor Martyn Bennett, Department of History, Languages and Global Studies, Nottingham Trent University The English Civil Wars (1638-51) comprised the deadliest conflict ever fought on British soil, in which brother took up arms against brother, father fought against son, and towns, cities and villages fortified themselves in the cause of Royalists or Parliamentarians. Although much historical attention has focused on the events in England and the key battles of Edgehill, Marston Moor and Naseby, this was a conflict that engulfed the entirety of the Three Kingdoms and led to a trial and execution that profoundly shaped the British monarchy and Parliament.

This beautifully presented atlas tells the whole story of Britain's revolutionary civil war, from the earliest skirmishes of the Bishops' Wars in 1639-40 through to 1651, when Charles II's defeat at Worcester crushed the Royalist cause, leading to a decade of Stuart exile. Each map is supported by a detailed text, providing a complete explanation of the complex and fluctuating conflict that ultimately meant that the Crown would always be answerable to Parliament.
By:   Nick Lipscombe
Introduction by:   Anne Curry
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 300mm,  Width: 242mm, 
Weight:   2.220kg
ISBN:   9781472829726
ISBN 10:   1472829727
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   07 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword Preface Chronology - The Wars of The Three Kingdoms, 1639-52 Legend to Maps Introduction - Origins of Conflict Civil War Armies, Fighting Components and their Tactics Chapter 1 - The Early Stuarts and the Divine Right of Kings, 1603-37 Chapter 2 - The Bishops' Wars, 1639-40 Chapter 3 - Rebellion in Ireland, 1640-42 Chapter 4 - The Road to Civil War, 1641-42 Chapter 5 - The Campaign and Battle of Edgehill, June to October 1642 Chapter 6 - Advance to London, October to November 1642 Chapter 7 - Nationwide Struggle, December 1642 to March 1643 Chapter 8 - The Nation Divides, Mid-March to end of May 1643 Chapter 9 - Events in The South-West, March to June 1643 Chapter 10 - The Struggle for the North and Centre, June to August 1643 Chapter 11 - The Struggle for Bristol and the South-West, June to August 1643 Chapter 12 - Operations in the North, September to December 1643 Chapter 13 - Events in Devon, September to the end of 1643 Chapter 14 - The First Battle of Newbury, September 1643 Chapter 15 - Irish Cessation and the Scottish Covenant, 1643 Chapter 16 - The Scottish Invasion, Early 1644 Chapter 17 - Nantwich And Newark: The Battles for Central England, January to March 1644 Chapter 18 - Wales: The Conquest of Pembrokeshire, January to March 1644 Chapter 19 - Waller's Operations in the South, January to April 1644 Chapter 20 - The Great Siege and Battle in Yorkshire,April to August 1644 Chapter 21 - The Oxford Campaign, May to August 1644 Chapter 22 - Events in the South-West, April to August 1644 Chapter 23 - War in the Centre: the Second Battle of Newbury, August to November 1644 Chapter 24 - Wales, Scotland and the North of England, August to the end of 1644 Chapter 25 - A Time to Reflect: the end of 1644 Chapter 26 - Nationwide Developments, Early 1645 Chapter 27 - The Great and Decisive Battle at Naseby, 14 June 1645 Chapter 28 - Taunton and Langport: Events in The South-West, January to July 1645 Chapter 29 - Scotland in 1645: Montrose's Royalist Campaign Chapter 30 - Post-Naseby, Part 1: Wales and the South, to the end of 1645 Chapter 31 - Post-Naseby, Part 2: the North, to the end of 1645 Chapter 32 - Sweeping up the South-West, January to April 1646 Chapter 33 - The end of the First Civil War, 1646 Chapter 34 - Wales, Scotland and Ireland in 1646 Chapter 35 - Ireland 1647: Beyond Redemption Chapter 36 - The King's Intransigence, 1647 Chapter 37 - War Reignites in Wales, 1648 Chapter 38 - War Reignites in England, 1648 Chapter 39 - The Battle of Preston: the Death Blow to Royalism, 1648 Chapter 40 - The 'Endgame': Regicide, 1649 Chapter 41 - Cromwell and Parliament's Army in Ireland, 1649-52 Chapter 42 - The Invasion of Scotland, July 1650 to September 1651 Chapter 43 - Worcester, 1651: The Final Battle Chapter 44 - The Interregnum, 1649-60 Notes to Maps Appendices Glossary Bibliography

Colonel Nick Lipscombe MSc FRHistS served for 34 years in the British Army, seeing considerable operational duty with the British and American armies. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006. He is an accomplished historian, author and lecturer. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2015. He has concentrated on the Napoleonic Wars and the Peninsular War in particular but is now working on projects associated with the English Civil War. He is a part-time tutor at Oxford University, and a member of numerous historical societies. His works include the award-winning Peninsular War Atlas and Concise History, Wellington's Guns, Wellington Invades France, the official Waterloo 200 Bicentenary book on the Battle of Waterloo and, most recently, Wellington's Eastern Front.

Reviews for The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639-51

This superb work provides a visually stunning guide to Britain's civil wars from the opening Bishops' War to the rule of Cromwell's major generals. Based on the latest historical and archaeological research, the 156 detailed maps show not only the better known large battles and sieges, but also numerous smaller engagements and key political events. Essential for comprehending the full extent of the war and for understanding it conduct and outcome. * Professor Peter Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford * There has long been a need for a good atlas of the English Civil War, and Nick Lipscombe, who has already fully met the need for one for the Peninsular War, now does so again. Effective and clear maps are ably combined with a text that reflects Lipscombe's understanding of weapons characteristics, the complexity of battle, and the nuances of command. An important work that deserves wide attention. * Professor Jeremy Black, author of World War Two in 100 Maps *

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