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The Civil War in London (Kindle)

Voices from the City

English Civil War London Social History England

By Robin Rowles
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 8.4 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 134
ISBN: 9781526706485
eBook Released: 25th September 2018


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The Civil War years of the 1640s were amongst the most tumultuous in British history. The conflict between King Charles I and Parliament strained and split the social fabric of the British Isles. People of all classes who had previously co-existed peacefully found themselves opposing each other on political, religious, and economic grounds. Society was literally 'by the sword divided'.

Much has been written on the subject to date. This book is different. London is its focus, with key players such as the Lord Mayor, the livery companies, the Church, and citizens, viewed through the city's lens and the streets around St Paul's and Cheapside. In looking at seemingly everyday events, unusual questions are raised: for example, where can you find a little known statue of Oliver Cromwell; what happened to the Cheapside Cross; who was Nemehiah Wallington and why was he important?

The result of a London walk devised by the author, the book’s learned yet accessible approach will appeal to anyone interested in a new way of looking at a popular event in history. Bookended by the death of a Tudor queen and the beheading of a Stuart king, its chapters walk us through what happened in-between.

Robin Rowles takes a somewhat old-fashioned approach and the book is none the worse for that. He is impeccable in the way that he credits his sources and the views of his fellow historians, and he ensures that those with only a limited understanding of the causes of the English Civil War have these background factors explained. He then tackles his subject thematically.

The book takes you through the streets of the City and is good preparation for accompanying Robin on one of his London Civil War walks, which he lists with those on Sherlock Holmes and others on.
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Mike Paterson, London Historians' Blog

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Highly recommended. The book starts by offering an overview of early Stuart rule and the outbreak of rebellion. Has some thought provoking material for someone who has already studied the period, but a reasonable introduction for those who haven't. Only occasionally does the writer assume that the reader is already familiar with the subject.

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WDYTYA?, August 2018 - by Fiona Flanagan

About Robin Rowles

Robin Rowles studied history at Birkbeck, University of London, where he developed a love of the early modern period and civil wars. After graduation, Robin qualified as a City of London Guide Lecturer and offers a diverse portfolio of guided walks in the Square Mile, ranging from Sherlock Holmes themed tours to Civil War walks. Robin’s day job takes him all over London and beyond, but he thinks of the City as a special place.

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