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.

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


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

The phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" can seldom have been more apt. The front cover of "Crown Covenant and Cromwell: The Civil Wars in Scotland 1639 - 1651" by Stuart Reid shows part of a painting by the artist Andrew C. Gow entitled "Cromwell Prepares to Fight the Scots at Dunbar". It is, therefore highly relevant to the subject, as the Battle of Dunbar is given detailed treatment within the book. Unfortunately the end result is a truly dreary cover. Stop right there, and look again: only a little more carefully this time. What Stuart Reid has produced is a wonderfully researched, highly authoritative and extremely well written account of the military side of the conflict that swept across Scotland, and involved Scots troops in England, in the years between 1639 and 1651: a conflict the author refers to as the Great Civil War, and which formed part of what are sometimes called the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Many books have been written about the story of this extraordinarily.. Read more

Undiscovered Scotland