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Posted by: Paintybeard Osprey have covered the English civil wars in pretty good detail (Edgehill, Marston Moor, Newbury and Nasby) as well as the war in Scotland (Auldern and Dunbar) but there is a lack of material on the Second Civil war. So, could we have a Campaign titled "Worcester 1651"? I think this would fit into the campaign format very nicely. The introduction would explian that, despite leading a predominantly Scots army, Charles II was determined to fight in England and, despite his best efforts, his attempts to gain suprise were easily read by Cromwell and the small English royalist force that was to meet him at Worcester was defeated and dispersed before joining the King. There are plenty of interesting commanders to describe and the order of battle is well-known. The actual battle is a pretty closely fought affair with personal interventions of considerable importance by both commanders. And the aftermath is the final defeat of the Royalists as Charles II flees to France until the Restoration. I have to admit to a personal interest in this battle as I have a remote ancestor who played a minor but not very glorious part on the Royalist side! Does anyone else think this would make a good book?
Posted on: 04/02/2013 20:53:00

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Posted by: AdamC
Total Posts: 276
Joined Date: Thursday, 22 January 2009
Hi Paintybeard, I fully support your choice (nice to see another realistic proposal rather than the raft of incredibly daft suggestions I’ve seen recently!!!). Worcester would be a definite sale for me. Its got all the ingredients that a Campaign needs, it’s a good sized bout of fisty-cuffs, has some big name personalities involved, it has the anglo-centric angle covered (this seems to be key in getting most – although admittedly not all – stuff published in Campaign these days). A few years ago Osprey went on a bit of a splurge of English Civil War titles but it then trailed off a bit. A Good proposal and a good potential title.
Posted on: 05/02/2013 09:34:00
Posted by: mrhistory2
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more English Civil war titles would be appreciated.
Posted on: 05/02/2013 14:21:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 373
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013
Thank you AdamC and mrhistory, I live in hope that this might turn up in a year or two.
Posted on: 06/02/2013 13:45:00
Posted by: Rebel
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Can only agree !!
Posted on: 08/02/2013 12:36:00
Posted by: baldrick
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Joined Date: Monday, 20 January 2014
I fully support the campaign title of Worcester 1651, and like Paintybeard think that there is always interest for new titles from this period. I have just started to compile campaign titles from the ECW (my usual interests are medieval and Napoleonic), so excuse my ignorance if the following encounters I suggest have already been covered. I thought there might be some interest in the clashes at Roundway Down 1643, Cropredy Bridge 1644, and in some of the many Sieges (which make up a fair proportion of the conflict) such as Gloucestor and Bristol? I know that my suggested titles have been covered by many other well-known authors in other publications (not least Peter Young - I'm still trying to get a copy of Cropredy Bridge), however, the combination of a cutting edge synopsis, 3-D battle maps spanning the encounter (most publications seem to fall down on this one), and exciting original artwork from the likes of Graham Turner, make each Osprey publication a necessary addition. Long may the ECW remain a focal point for Osprey.
Posted on: 23/02/2013 12:59:00
Posted by: hobbe62
Total Posts: 66
Joined Date: Thursday, 6 October 2011
Good luck! We need more 17th Century titles. I just hope another ECW title won't completely ruin the chances of a new Thirty-Years-War CAMPAIGN title (Breitenfeld 1631, Rocroi 1643, Nördlingen 1634, Wittstock 1636). But I guess neither war is interesting enough for Ospery. It is WW2 titles that most people are interested in. For those who can't wait for more reading about European 17th Century Wars/Battles (including ECW and the Thirty-Years-War, I can recommend *Warfare in the Seventeenth Century' (John Childs), a title in Cassell's History of Warfare.
Posted on: 25/02/2013 11:49:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 373
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013
I'd happily put off (but not sacrifice!) Worcester if we could have Breitenfield or Rocroi. I'd also been hoping that after the 2 MAA books on the Imperial army of the period we'd get companion titles on the French forces.
Posted on: 26/02/2013 09:19:00
Posted by: MTG
Total Posts: 30
Joined Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Late to post but I agree with the suggestions made across the thread.
Posted on: 05/03/2013 19:47:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
Total Posts: 18
Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
I would love to see a Worcester campaign, may I add an idea? I'd also consider Preston 1648 as a campaign title, main reason being that the Parliamentarian army stopped a royalist Scottish invasion dead in it's tracks
Posted on: 22/04/2013 12:54:00
Posted by: baldrick
Total Posts: 6
Joined Date: Monday, 20 January 2014
Ahh Preston 1648! Indeed it would make a popular Campaign title! Hopefully the mere mention of it will filter through to Paintybeard, and we may hear his great incite and cordial manner on the forum once again!
Posted on: 24/04/2013 09:28:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 373
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013
Baldrick, I've only just got around to reading this and I'm posatively blushing!
Posted on: 18/06/2013 20:44:00
Posted by: baldrick
Total Posts: 6
Joined Date: Monday, 20 January 2014
Credit where credits due Painty!
Posted on: 21/06/2013 15:10:00

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