Civil War London
A Military History of London Under Charles I and Oliver Cromwell
To defend itself from Royalist armies, London was extensively militarized during the 1640s, its greatest achievement being an 18km circuit of earthwork fortifications called the ‘Lines of Communication’. Flintham’s survey examines the military features of Civil War London, including its armies and arsenal, and contains an extensive gazetteer of nearly 200 Civil War military sites in the city.
Handful of Rogues
Thomas Muir's Enemies of the People
With the French Revolution raging across the Channel, the authorities in Britain were in no mood to hear talk of democratic reform, and so it was that Thomas Muir, a lawyer from Huntershill who publicly proclaimed his 'dangerously radical' views, was tried for sedition, and transported for 14 years. For many, Muir is a revered founding father of Scottish radicalism, while others have dismissed him as flawed and misguided. Hector Macmillan's new biography reassesses Muir's life in the context of his ideas and his turbulent times.
Hey for Old Robin!
The Campaigns and Armies of the Earl of Essex During the First Civil War, 1642–44
After failing to strike any decisive blow against the Royalists, Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, who commanded the first Parliamentarian army against King Charles I, never achieved military distinction. This account of Essex’s campaigns, which includes analysis of the battles of Edgehill, Lostwithiel and Newbury, reappraises the man and his reputation in the light of his military accomplishments, his strategic influence over the battles, and his loyalty to his men.