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WKeyser27 Jun 2020 7:49 p.m. PST

I saw this on tier site it looks good, the author did a great job on his atlas of the Peninsular war, this should be good.


This is the info.
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 two decades 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.

KeepYourPowderDry27 Jun 2020 10:42 p.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up. Bit pricey though £50.00 GBP!

Timbo W28 Jun 2020 12:14 a.m. PST

Looks very interesting, though I'd like a peek inside before parting with £50.00 GBP Perhaps they'll do a softback version

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2020 4:15 a.m. PST

Thanks Bill. Top Tip! LOL….will be picking that up. His Peninsular atlas is superb.

arthur181528 Jun 2020 9:26 a.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up! I'll be looking out for it.

Mollinary29 Jun 2020 9:29 a.m. PST

I have the Peninsular version, which is superb, so I will certainly buy it. That said, he might need a better editor to write the blurb! 1651-1660 is hardly "two decades of Stuart exile". Also, if the hyperbole in the last sentence were true, he would have achieved what three and a half centuries of historians have failed to!

takeda33330 Jun 2020 12:35 a.m. PST

I have Cassels Battlefields of Britain and Ireland. How would this book compare? Since you can't sneak peak I don't want another work that is a rehash of known info. Also have no experience with the Peninsula work.

WKeyser03 Jul 2020 1:44 a.m. PST

takeda i guess we will have to wait until it is published to be able to compare, but i am sure once published then you will get more info.
As to the Peninula work try to google some reviews.

WKeyser05 Jul 2020 10:49 p.m. PST

Here is the contents for those intrested.

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

Noll C13 Sep 2020 12:59 a.m. PST

For what it's worth Battlefield Trust members get a 15% discount. If you've been thinking about joining the BFT but haven't got round to it, this might be a good time to do so!

takeda33322 Sep 2020 4:18 p.m. PST

This work is absolutely stunning! What a ton of maps and background info. So glad mine came today. Huge volumn!

Charge The Guns22 Sep 2020 10:57 p.m. PST

Agreed. I think likely to become one of the standard works for ECW buffs. High price tag, but it is a very large tome, and much larger than the standard Osprey fare. Highly recommended 👍🏻

Lapsang23 Sep 2020 7:59 a.m. PST

The Hardcover is currently on Amazon for £32.99 GBP

nsolomon9918 Oct 2020 10:25 p.m. PST

Ordered mine and it arrived here in South Australia today. Cost A$86 including postage.

Just opening and skimming through it for the past hour. Absolutely magnificent, this the definitive treatment of The English Civil Wars. Indeed I wish other periods were as well served by this sort of comprehensive treatment. Just astonishing how good this work actually is.

Completely and thoroughly recommended.

DJCoaltrain12 Nov 2020 6:30 p.m. PST

Highly recommended

Have it, worth it

dbf167615 Nov 2020 2:57 p.m. PST

I have this. Worth every penny.

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Dec 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

About a month late, but I have now read this book (and I mean every word) and I've written a review: link

takeda33316 Dec 2020 3:06 a.m. PST

Nice review Trebian, agree. Well done!

KeepYourPowderDry16 Dec 2020 4:39 a.m. PST

Excellent review Trebian, think you have firmly hit the nail on the head there. A beautiful book with some significant flaws (and too many minor flaws too)

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Dec 2020 9:18 a.m. PST

@takeda333: Thanks. I tried to be honest. It is still worth having.

@KeepYourPowderDry: I worry that for many they won't see any reviews which are written by people who've read it and understand at least some of the period. The missing index is such an own goal.

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