The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 looks not only at the battle of the White Mountain, but also the campaigns and events leading up to the battle, such as the Bohemian Army's march on Vienna, the sieges of Pilsen and Bautzen and the battle of Zablat. These events are often described using the words of the protagonists themselves.
It also examines the armies that took part in these campaigns, the soldiers from which came not only from Bohemia, but also Britain, the Dutch Republic, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Poland, Spain, the Spanish Netherlands and Transylvania.
However, even before the battle of the White Mountain the seeds had been sewn for the war to last 30 years and such was the Emperor Ferdinand's Counter Reformation policy that when the sword which executed some Bohemian rebels when on display in the nineteenth century it had to be removed for fear of a public disturbance and has been compared with the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Nazi Germany in 1938.
Therefore this book is essential reading to anyone interested in the wars of the early seventeenth century, not just the Thirty Years War.
Laurence Spring studied at the Universities of London and Aberystwyth. He is also a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre. He has researched the early seventeenth century for many years and has written on various aspects of the English Civil War, including the Campaigns of Sir William Waller and the armies of Sir William Waller and the Earl of Manchester. He has also written many books on the Russian Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Since he has an archival ackground he prefers to search through archives looking for various interesting facts for his books they give a vivid insight to the subject, which are usually not mentioned in secondary sources or contradicts the established `facts' on a subject, including pre-dating Wellington's famous phrase the First British Army's recruits have been described as `scum' and echoing the First World War, also being referred to `lions led by a hare'. This is his first book to be published by Helion, the second book, The Bavarian Army during the Thirty Years War will be published at a later date and will also include information no previous published in English.