The English Civil War: A People's History (Text Only)

The English Civil War: A People's History (Text Only)

Diane Purkiss

Language: English

Pages: 568

ISBN: 000715061X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This popular history of the English Civil War tells the story of the bloody conflict between Oliver Cromwell and Charles I from the perspectives of those involved. The compelling narrative draws on new sources such as letters, memoirs, ballads and plays to bring to life the Roundheads and Cavaliers, the foot soldiers, war widows and witchfinders of one of the most significant turning points in British history, culminating in Oliver Cromwell's triumph and the execution of Charles I. By blending the political and the personal, Diane Purkiss illuminates both the ideologies behind the English Civil War and the fears of those who fought in it; the men who were destroyed by the conflict and those, such as Oliver Cromwell, who were defined by it.

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All very weak … Now there began to be a great cry among them for bread and water, but Smith and his officers denied them both, though a river ran below the castle walls.’ Relatives tried to send food to them, but it was taken and eaten by the guards. Recalcitrant prisoners might be beaten, hogtied, or burnt with lit match. Smith was hoping that this reign of terror would induce the men to enlist in the Royalist army. The men could obtain their freedom by taking the protestation and then paying.

Montrose was defying Calvin, who had said emphatically that since everything – good and bad – came from God, none of it could be seen as ‘chance’. Like his fondness for gambling, Montrose’s passion for Fortune was a weakness, and yet he also felt God might have had a hand in it all: ‘it may be sensibly seen to be the Lord’s doing’, he wrote, ‘in making a handful to overthrow multitudes’. This was part of his ongoing adherence to the Kirk and to the Covenant; he felt sure the Lowlands would.

London SE10 9NF Find out more about the beautiful Queen’s House in Greenwich which is now part of the National Maritime Museum. The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER A potted history and advice on planning a visit to this historic palace where Charles I commissioned Rubens’s ceiling paintings. He was later beheaded outside. Acknowledgements I would like to thank all those who have.

Said that ‘if the prerogative of the king overwhelm the liberty of the people, it will be turned into tyranny; if liberty undermine the prerogative, it will grow into anarchy’. This scarcely answered Strafford’s charge that laws could not be set aside. Prophetically, he argued that ‘You, your estates, your posterities lie all at the stake if such learned gentlemen as these, whose lungs are well acquainted with such proceedings, shall be started out against you: if your friends, your counsel were.

Nurserymaid, and other nursery nurses. Like other upper-class children, his closest bonds were therefore with servants, and hence precarious because servants could come and go. A child was supposed to be attached to his natural parents, but when he was only two, Charles lost his parents to England; James left Scotland in April to take the throne of England after Elizabeth I died in March 1603, and was followed a month later by Anne, with her eldest children, Henry and Elizabeth. With astonishing.

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