Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660

Civil War The Wars of the Three Kingdoms One late summer s day in two rival armies faced each other across the rolling Warwickshire countryside at Edgehill There Royalists faithful to King Charles I engaged in a battle with the support
  • Title: Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660
  • Author: Trevor Royle
  • ISBN: 9780349115641
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660
    One late summer s day in 1642 two rival armies faced each other across the rolling Warwickshire countryside at Edgehill There, Royalists faithful to King Charles I engaged in a battle with the supporters of the Parliament Ahead lay even desperate battles like Marston Moor and Naseby The fighting was also to rage through Scotland and Ireland, notably at the siege ofOne late summer s day in 1642 two rival armies faced each other across the rolling Warwickshire countryside at Edgehill There, Royalists faithful to King Charles I engaged in a battle with the supporters of the Parliament Ahead lay even desperate battles like Marston Moor and Naseby The fighting was also to rage through Scotland and Ireland, notably at the siege of Drogheda and the decisive battle of Dunbar The tumultuous Civil War was a pivotal one in British history From his shrewd analyses of the multifarious characters who played their parts in the wars to his brilliantly concise descriptions of battles, Trevor Royle has produced a vivid and dramatic narrative of those turbulent years His book also reveals how the new ideas and dispensations that followed from the wars Cromwell s Protectorate, the Restoration of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution of 1689 made it possible for England, Ireland and Scotland to progress towards their own distant future as democratic societies.
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  • Whenever I read about the English civil war I always have an irrational hope that this time Charles will win And whenever I walk past the Houses of Parliament I m irritated by the statue of Oliver Cromwell, standing there as though he was some kind of steadfast patron of civilised life and freedom of choice This is a man who once said that hanging Irish soldiers was a righteous judgement of God upon these barbarous wretches Cromwell always believed he had a personal hotline to God One way of eva [...]


  • By an odd coincidence, I seem to have spent the last month or so reading two books which tackle subjects generally considered too large for one volume Of the other The Conservatives A History anon, but The Wars of the Three Kingdoms shows a sensible approach to the problem in that, whilst it is hardly definitive, it is at least focused and providing of a cohesive narrative.Royle deals with the issues which led to the war between Charles I and Parliament carefully and with an even hand, but it i [...]


  • An excellent introduction for the layman As Royle correctly surmises, this terrible conflict that engulfed the British Isles, was, for years, purely presented as an English affair, with the events in Ireland and Scotland being paid lip service By drawing all the strands together, Royle highlights how trouble in Ireland, and the refusal of the Scots to back down to religious changes being imposed upon them, presented formidable changes to King Charles, and presented his opponents in Parliament no [...]


  • This is a tremendous achievement to pack so much into one book Written very much in a linear style of appreciation of history and it is precisely because of that style that it is easier to follow the way the Civil Wars developed it represents an excellent starter before getting into detail of the whys and wherefores It is easy to forget that the Wars carried on into Scotland, where so much of the early action took place and which had a major part to play, and into Ireland where the consequences [...]


  • I was bought this book some time ago by my then husband after I told him of a growing interest in Charles II and his links to Jersey, and he miss remembered what I had said It has taken me a bit of time to get through the book, and at times I have had to grit my teeth and keep ploughing on by willpower alone, but on the whole I have enjoyed the book The civil wars were massive, involving so many people all over the country And there were so many battles, it is quite exhausting We live in a much [...]


  • This book read like a thriller The middle was a little plodding, mostly because it ALWAYS seemed to go like this not the author s fault The Royalists raise a middling army, the New Model Army kicks it s ass, rinse, repeat The sections on the Protectorate and the Restoration were fascinating, however And the first part of the book, which went deep into the reasons behind the build up to the war, was mostly new to me and very interesting This guy can write For anyone interested in history in gener [...]


  • Firstly, Royle writes fluently and makes this complex set of stories much readable Then I appreciate the sub title especially the wars of the three kingdoms as it was a terrible period of history in Scotland and Ireland as well as in England and Wales Finally, what a magnificent piece of research, covering the entire civil war, so typical of Royle.


  • I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to discover and or understand the events, causes and effects of this tumultuous period in English history Eloquently written it made me feel as if I was actually there looking on as history was made.


  • Well written, but way way detail than I wanted I don t really know anything about the English Civil War, so was looking for of an overview than a blow by blow of the whole war.



  • Too much description of battles, too little on the cultural and political scene, but overall a good intro to a period I knew little about Roundheads, cavaliers etc.


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