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The English Civil Wars: A Beginner's Guide

Patrick Little



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One World
01 August 2014
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; English Civil War
A king beheaded. A monarchy abolished. And a commoner leading a republic by military rule set in their place. The wars that tore through the country in the mid-seventeenth century - splitting government, communities and families alike - were a true watershed in English history. But how, with Queen Elizabeth I's Golden Age still in living memory, did such a situation arise?

Exploring the period's political disputes, religious conflicts and military battles, Patrick Little scrutinizes the nature and practicalities of conducting a civil war on English soil, as well as the experiences and motivations of key factions and combatants. By assessing how the realities of life in England shaped the conflict -and were torn apart by it - this wonderfully readable Beginner's Guide gets to the very heart of how a people came to kill their king.
By:   Patrick Little
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   159g
ISBN:   9781780743318
ISBN 10:   1780743319
Series:   Beginner's Guides
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 August 2014
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Patrick Little is senior research fellow at the History of Parliament Trust. His previous publications include Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland and Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (co-written with David L. Smith).

Reviews for The English Civil Wars: A Beginner's Guide

'This very clear, readable and informative account is now the best starting-point for those coming new to the subject.' David L. Smith, Lecturer in History, the University of Cambridge 'Accessible and expertly written...featuring a skilful use of original documents and images to illustrate key topics.' Jackie Eales - President of the Historical Association and Professor of Early Modern History, Canter 'A wonderful introduction...tells an intricate story with amazing clarity.' Jason Peacey - Senior Lecturer in British History, University College London

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