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Pre WWI

English Civil War


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.



The author's findings correct many of the misconceptions about British infantry firepower in the age of the musket and linear warfare. A useful and fine contribution to the understanding of an important period of British military history.

Military Modelling Magazine

This book must be viewed as a definitive work ... it is both absorbing and enjoyable.

Firetrench

The English Civil Wars 1642 is a succinct and profusely illustrated history of the period by Bob Carruthers… provides and excellent and particularly well written overview, making it highly recommended reading for students of the 17th Century British History, and a valued addition to academic library European Military History reference collections.

Library Bookwatch

In considering an alternative history, the author has explained how and why things turned out as they did. His arguments are involving and logical and they will greatly help readers in understanding the how and why of the actual history. What he cannot do, and neither can anyone else, is paint an accurate picture of an alternative England where Richard III had won the war and continued in a long reign. There simply are not enough reliable documents. Those enthusiasts who favour York will remain convinced that Richard was not the monster of Tudor propaganda and that he would have been a beneficial King, bringing success and prosperity to his people. Those who favour the Tudor pretender will firmly believe that Henry VII was a great king who liberated his people from a lengthy civil war and disposed of a blood-soaked tyrant. The truth may lay somewhere between and the following peace might have been very similar who ever had won the final battle. A fascinating review of the Wars of the Roses.. Read more

Firetrench Reviews

The book is a very complete edition, as it offers not only the Greek text, translation and notes, but also a glossary of key terms in Greek with an English transliteration and explanation. Last but not least, there are plates, which visualize the various formations discussed by Aelian. Christopher Matthew has succeeded in amalgamating ancient military history with a text edition and commentary in one accessible book. In doing so, he has not only made the ancient Greek text of the Tactics itself available to a larger public, but he has also published a work that cannot be neglected in any future study of ancient military history.

Ancient Warfare Magazine