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English Civil War

Pre WWI

Pen & Sword’s list of books on the English Civil War makes a substantial contribution to historical writing on the subject. The range of the list is wide, from scholarly studies of the decisive battles and descriptions of the armies involved to the assessments of the leading commanders and highly illustrated battlefield guides.

The books cater for English Civil War enthusiasts and re-enactors and for newcomers to this fascinating era of military history. Any reader who is keen to broaden his or her understanding of this tumultuous phase of British history will gain a critical insight through the variety of books we publish on the subject.








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An Alternative History of Britain: The English Civil War

With hindsight, the victory of Parliamentarian forces over the Royalists in the English Civil War may seem inevitable but this outcome was not a foregone conclusion. Timothy Venning explores many of the turning points and discusses how they might so easily have played out differently. What if, for example, Charles I had capitalized on his victory at… Read more...

The Battles of Newbury

In 1643 and again in 1644 the forces of King Charles I and Parliament clashed at Newbury in a bloody fight. Each time the fate of the country hung in the balance. Chris Scott retells the story of these two complex and exciting pitched battles and provides a fascinating guided tour of the surviving battlefields. By skilful use of detailed maps and other… Read more...

Edgehill: The Battle Reinterpreted

This new study of a key battle of the Civil Wars re-examines one of England's most mysterious battlefields at Edgehill, and combines the work of three outstanding military historians. Each is an expert in the areas of battlefield interpretation, military equipment and organization, and battle casualties and care. Their unique blend of knowledge gives… Read more...

Edgehill: The Battle Reinterpreted (Second Edition)

This paperback edition of this seminal new study of a key battle of the Civil Wars re-examines one of England's most mysterious battlefields at Edgehill, and it combines the work of three outstanding military historians. Each is an expert in the areas of battlefield interpretation, military equipment and organization, and battle casualties and care.… Read more...