The English Civil War

The English Civil War

An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639–51

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  • Author: Nick Lipscombe
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 17 Sep 2020
  • Number of Pages: 368
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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 a decade 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.

Biographical Note

Colonel Nick Lipscombe MSc FRHistS served for 34 years in the British Army, seeing considerable operational duty with the British and American armies. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006. He is an accomplished historian, author and lecturer. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2015. He has concentrated on the Napoleonic Wars and the Peninsular War in particular but is now working on projects associated with the English Civil War. He is a part-time tutor at Oxford University, and a member of numerous historical societies. His works include the award-winning Peninsular War Atlas and Concise History, Wellington's Guns, Wellington Invades France, the official Waterloo 200 Bicentenary book on the Battle of Waterloo and, most recently, Wellington's Eastern Front.


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

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