The English Civil War: Papists, Gentlewomen, Soldiers, and Witchfinders in the Birth of Modern Britain

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Basic Books, Mar 25, 2009 - History - 680 pages
In this compelling history of the violent struggle between the monarchy and Parliament that tore apart seventeenth-century England, a rising star among British historians sheds new light on the people who fought and died through those tumultuous years. Drawing on exciting new sources, including letters, memoirs, ballads, plays, illustrations, and even cookbooks, Diane Purkiss creates a rich and nuanced portrait of this turbulent era. The English Civil War’s dramatic consequences-rejecting the divine right monarchy in favor of parliamentary rule-continue to influence our lives, and in this colorful narrative, Purkiss vividly brings to life the history that changed the course of Western government.
 

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Contents

The Last Cavalier?
1
The MeekEyed Peace
7
Anna Trapnel and Lucy Hay
39
The Bishops Wars the Three Kingdoms and Montrose
71
Pym against the Papists
98
Stand Up Shout Mars
121
The Valley of Decision
140
Edgehill
175
The Battle of Lostwithiel
357
The Nations Nightmares
373
The Childrens Tales
389
God with Us Montroses Campaign
397
Parliament Joan and Richard Wiseman
407
The New Model Army and Naseby Fight
416
The Siege of Taunton and the Clubmen
435
Anne Halkett and the Escape of James II
442

Iconoclasm
196
The Death of Dreams
207
The War over Christmas
233
Henrietta Maria
244
Newbury Fight
252
Oxford and London
266
The Bitterness of War
288
Two Marriages
300
Marston Moor and Cromwell
323
General Hunger Hannah Wolley Kenelm Digby and the Deer of Corse Lawn
340
The Capture of Charles I
451
Anna Trapnel and the Levellers
463
Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers
511
The Second Civil War
532
Charles I in Captivity
543
The Trial and Execution of Charles I
552
Into Another Mould? The Aftermath
561
further reading
571
index
603
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Diane Purkiss is a Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Witch in History and At the Bottom of the Garden. She holds a B.A. from the University of Queensland, and a Ph.D. from Merton College, Oxford. She lives in Oxford, England.

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