A brilliant appraisal of the Civil War and its long-term consequences, by an acclaimed historian.
The political upheaval of the mid-seventeenth century has no parallel in English history. Other events have changed the occupancy and the powers of the throne, but the conflict of 1640-60 was more dramatic: the monarchy and the House of Lords were abolished, to be replaced by a republic and military rule.
In this wonderfully readable account, Blair Worden explores the events of this period and their origins - the war between King and Parliament, the execution of Charles I, Cromwell's rule and the Restoration - while aiming to reveal something more elusive: the motivations of contemporaries on both sides and the concerns of later generations.
Blair Worden is a historian, among the leading authorities on the period of the English Civil War. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Sussex and Chicago. After a period as a Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he took up a position as a Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. As of 2011 he is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall.