The English Civil Wars
by Blair Worden, Orion, priced £12.99
THEY may only have accounted for two decades of the history of this country but the civil wars fought in England were among the most significant battles ever engaged on this isle.
For the first time a third force - Parliament - properly joined the traditional conflicts which had previously been the preserve of royalty and the clergy.
Blair Worden is renowned for his attention to detail and he does not let the reader down here with his account of the intrigue and manoeuvring which led up to such important conflicts as those at Marston Moor and Naseby.
Led by Oliver Cromwell, the ’new model army’ of the Roundheads triumphed over the Cavaliers as brother was pitched against father, Protestant fought Catholic and even landed gentry took arms in opposition.
Worden weaves together the intricate tale of history in such a way that the reader finds a sometimes weighty subject easy and enjoyable.