Atlas of the English Civil War by P. R. Newman

By P. R. Newman

The English Civil conflict is a topic which keeps to excite huge, immense curiosity through the global. This atlas contains over fifty maps illustrating the entire significant - and lots of of the minor - bloody campaigns and battles of the conflict, together with the campaigns of Montrose, the conflict of Edgehill and Langport. offering an entire introductory historical past to the turbulent interval, it is also: * maps giving crucial historical past details * designated accompanying factors * an invaluable context to occasions.

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On 2 July the royalists took Burton on Trent. The Queen’s departure had relieved the earl of Newcastle of a major handicap, and he at once took the field to clear Yorkshire of the Fairfaxes. Sir Charles Cavendish, detached from the Queen, was also active again in Lincolnshire, and laid siege to Gainsborough, taken on 20 July by parliamentary forces under Willoughby. Cromwell and his probable mentor, Sir John Meldrum, were ordered to relieve Gainsborough, and drew up their forces at North Scarle, on 27 July.

The royalist cavalry had again proved their worth. Two days after the battle, on 15 July, Prince Rupert left Oxford to reinforce the western army, which had occupied Bath, although Wilmot had returned to Oxford. Waller fled to Gloucester and so made his way back to London to report his ‘dismal defeat’. Under Rupert, the western army moved on Bristol, a crucial port giving access to Ireland, and the city was summoned to surrender on 24 July. Nathaniel Fiennes, the commander, refused, trusting in his formidable fortifications and the disposition of his numerous pieces of artillery.

The royalists appeared on the defensive, threatened by Essex from Windsor, with Waller to the west who had taken Malmesbury and broken the marquess of Worcester’s small personal army at Highnam on 24 March. The first major action, however, was fought at Hopton Heath on 19 March, where the earl of Northampton, en route to relieve Lichfield, confronted parliamentarian forces under Sir John Gell and Sir William Brereton. The parliamentary troops advanced on Stafford, where the earl hastily prepared to receive them.

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