The English Civil Wars

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Pages: 176
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld

The English Civil Wars

A Beginner's Guide

Patrick Little

Discover the story of when England killed its king and established a republic

The Book

A king beheaded. A monarchy abolished. And a commoner leading a republic by military rule set in their place. The wars that tore through the country in the mid-seventeenth century - splitting government, communities and families alike - were a true watershed in English history. But how, with Queen Elizabeth I's Golden Age still in living memory, did such a situation arise?


Exploring the period's political disputes, religious conflicts and military battles, Patrick Little scrutinizes the nature and practicalities of conducting a civil war on English soil, as well as the experiences and motivations of key factions and combatants. By assessing how the realities of life in England shaped the conflict -and were torn apart by it - this wonderfully readable Beginner's Guide gets to the very heart of how a people came to kill their king.

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Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Patrick Little is senior research fellow at the History of Parliament Trust. His previous publications include Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland and Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (co-written with David L. Smith).


‘Accessible and expertly written…featuring a skilful use of original documents and images to illustrate key topics.’

- Jackie Eales – President of the Historical Association and Professor of Early Modern History, Canter

‘A wonderful introduction…tells an intricate story with amazing clarity.’

- Jason Peacey – Senior Lecturer in British History, University College London

'This very clear, readable and informative account is now the best starting-point for those coming new to the subject.'

- David L. Smith, Lecturer in History, the University of Cambridge