First Newbury 1643

First Newbury 1643

The turning point

Campaign 116
  • Author: Keith Roberts
  • Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Short code: CAM 116
  • Publication Date: 15 Jan 2003
  • ISBN: 9781841763330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

The battle of Newbury was the turning point of the English Civil War. By August 1643 the King's cause was very much in the ascendant. Parliament armies had been crushed at Adwalton Moor and Roundway Down and the Royalists had taken Bristol. When they summoned Gloucester to surrender on 10 August the city's only hope was a Parliament relief army. The London Trained Bands joined the Earl of Essex's expedition and when battle was joined at Newbury the Londoners more than held their own against the best of the King's cavalry. With the citizens of London so firmly committed to Parliament's cause and the King's cavalry no longer invincible the balance of power had shifted irretrievably.

Biographical Note

Keith Roberts was born in 1955 and was educated at Highgate School. He graduated in History from Leicester University in 1977 and is currently employed by one of the major clearing banks. He is a military analyst and lecturer on the theory and practice of war in Europe and England between 1590 and 1660 and has published widely in this field. His previous work for Osprey includes Elite 25: Soldiers of the English Civil War (1) Infantry'.Graham Turner was born in Harrow in 1964, the son of the respected aviation artist Michael Turner with whom he shares an interest in motorsport illustration. A freelance artist since 1984, Graham specialises in historical and military subjects, particularly of the medieval period, and has illustrated several Osprey titles. He lives with his wife and two children in Buckinghamshire.


Origins of the Campaign
Edgehill to Gloucester
Opposing Plans
The Siege of Gloucester
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies - changes since 1642
The London regiments
The Campaign
The Battle of Newbury
The Battlefield today

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