A real ‘time-travel’ special. Here are the eye-witness accounts of the English Civil War, by those who participated in all aspects. They describe events in vivid language: how it felt to fight at Edgehill, or watch your home ransacked by looting soldiers, or finding your brother on the opposite side to yourself – or Oxford life while King Charles used the city as his headquarters. In the years since his accession, Charles I had managed to squander the peoples’ ancient respect for monarchy with a series of blunders, thus alienating many of his natural followers and allies. Yet the outcome of Cromwell’s eventual victory was a period of absolute rule quite as arbitrary as anything that had gone before, and ion between, 100,000 people had died. Illustrated with a wealth of black and white and colour photographs of weapons, cartoons of the time, letters and documents. Cover art, detail from The Wounded Cavalier by W.S. Burton.
By The Sword Divided: John Adair
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