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Cromwell Hath The Honour, But... (Hardback)

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By Dr Peter Hill, Jane Watkinson
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848326545
Published: 3rd April 2012



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'Cromwell hath the honour, but Lambert's discreet, humble, ingenious, sweet and civil deportment gains him more hugs and ingenious respect.'

Much has been written about the first Civil War and the triumphs of Oliver Cromwell. Less is known, however, of the skirmishes of the second Civil War, especially in the north, or of the role and military prowess of the excellent young Parliamentarian commander Major-General John Lambert.

Not only was Lambert a brilliant general who demonstrated exceptional tactical skills but he was also a brave and humane leader who was well liked by his men and merciful to his captured enemies, refusing to undertake the harsh actions indulged in by Cromwell.

This carefully researched and highly readable new account re-examines contemporary sources to shed new light on Lambert's decisive northern campaign of 1648–1649. Remarkably detailed and supported by maps and photographs, this is an important source for the general reader and military historian alike.

“Detailed military narrative of the marches of Parliament’s northern regiments, attentive to the problems of terrain, fodder and supply.”
“The strength of the book is in the impressive military detail.”
“There is also a useful and detailed timeline of the chronology of the Second Civil War, along with helpful maps and illustrations highlighting the topography of the northern campaigns.”

Northern History, Vol. L (2)

Local material is interesting- where else, for example, would it be possible to get details of the skirmish that took place at Appleby? – While there is also a good account of the siege of Pontefract castle. Add to this a useful collection of maps and photographs, and the result is a work that many members of the battlefield trust might wish to have on their bookshelf.

Charles Esdaile

About Dr Peter Hill

DR PETER HILL developed his interest in the Civil War following work on the activities of the Roman army.

About Jane Watkinson

is the Membership Secretary of the Early English Text Society. In 2008 they published Major Sanderson's War - a new reading of the only extant diary by a Parliamentary officer on active duty in the second Civil War.

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