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The English Civil War At First Hand

Tristram Hunt



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11 March 2011
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; English Civil War
'They ran through the streets with their drawn swords, cutting and slashing those men they met with, whether soldiers or not.' This is the story of the bloodiest conflict in British history, told through the accounts of those who witnessed it.

The English Civil War killed almost a quarter of a million people, divided families and laid waste to the land. It saw a king executed, a military dictatorship established in England, brutal clan warfare in Scotland and sectarianism in Ireland. Yet it also transformed English society, gave birth to new ideas about political liberty and religious freedom, and created a rich culture of letters, satire, oratory and propaganda.

Tristram Hunt's vivid history draws on Cromwell's correspondence, Levellers' tracts, bawdy songs, a Cavalier officer's journal and a Roundhead wife's memoir, among many others, to resurrect the lost voices from a time when the world was turned upside down.

'One of the most appealing things about Hunt's style is that he makes complicated ideas accessible.' Sunday Telegraph 'Hunt has an infectious enthusiasm which brings his subject to life, an eye for detail and biographical anecdote, and a racy, readable style.' Literary Review
By:   Tristram Hunt
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   236g
ISBN:   9780718192013
ISBN 10:   071819201X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   11 March 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tristram Hunt is one of Britain's best known young historians. Educated at Cambridge and Chicago Universities, he is lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London and author of 'Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City' and The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels. A leading historical broadcaster, he has authored numerous series for BBC radio and television and Channel 4. He is also a regular contributor to The Times, The Guardian and The Observer.

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