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Sieges of the English Civil War (Hardback)

English Civil War Military

By John Barratt
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844158324
Published: 19th March 2009
Last Released: 11th March 2009



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Sieges determined the course of the English Civil Wars, yet they receive scant attention. In contrast, the major set-piece battles are repeatedly analysed and reassessed. As a result our understanding of the conflict, and of its outcome, is incomplete. John Barratt, in this lucid and perceptive account, makes the siege the focal point of his study. As well as looking at the theory and practice of siege warfare and fortification, he considers the often-devastating human impact. Using a selection of graphic examples, he shows how siege warfare could ruin the lives of the soldiers - and the civilians - caught up in it. He examines in detail a dozen sieges, using a combination of eyewitness accounts, other contemporary sources, archaeological surveys, and other modern research. His study provides a detailed and vivid reconstruction of these often neglected episodes of civil war history.

This book is a good read, a valuable reference work.

Fortress Study Group

If you read only one book about the English Civil War, I recommend "Sieges of the Civil Wars", by John Barratt. He reaches back into the past and describes the events of the sieges and the people involved. This book is perhaps the best single source for information on the subject. Filled with drama and excitement taking you not only to life on the front line, but also focusing on the experiences of the ordinary people caught up in the war.

Strategy and operations are covered in very impressive detail included are plates, maps, pictures and a very useful year-by-year chronology of the selected sieges.

Mary Woody
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