The English Civil War At First Hand

Tristram Hunt

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Almost a quarter of a million lives were lost as King and Parliament battled for their religious and political ideals in the English Civil War. England was divided between Cavaliers and Roundheads engaged in bitter struggles from Preston to Lostwithiel, Pembroke to York. Armies were on the march, villages were decimated and great dynasties destroyed: fathers and sons, uncles and cousins were pitted against each other in defence of their loyalties. The civil war led to the execution of a king, the beginnings of sectarian division in Ireland, savage clan warfare in Scotland and the roots of English socialism.

Tristram Hunt avoids adding to the many, mostly transitory interpretations of the civil war and instead offers a timeless narrative based on the first-hand accounts of those who witnessed these traumatic events. In doing so he brings out the voices of the civil war generation - those who lost sons, who witnessed massacres and who fought for an ideal. In this book we see their motivations, fears and misery as the horror of war overwhelmed them. From Cromwell's letters to the memoirs of a Roundhead wife the civil war era is brought to life in all its terrible and fascinating glory.

Tristram Hunt is one of Britain's best-known historians. He was elected MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central in 2010, and between October 2013 and September 2015 served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He is a senior lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London, and has written numerous series for radio and television and since 2017 has been Director of the V&A. His previous books include The English Civil War: At First Hand, The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels and Ten Cities that Made an Empire, between them published in more than a dozen languages.

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Seitenzahl 304 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 27.01.2011
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780141962818
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Dateigröße 32268 KB

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