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The English Civil Wars


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Blair Worden was recently hailed by BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE as 'the pre-eminent historian of Cromwellian England' Examines the whole 1640-1660 upheaval, not just the battles of 1642-46 which usually constitute 'the English Civil war' New research of recent decades is made intelligible for the general reader

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Blair Worden has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Sussex and Chicago. He was Visiting Professor of Modern History at Oxford 2003-06 and is now Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway College London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has written widely on the political, intellectual and religious history of early modern England. The Sunday Telegraph said of ROUNDHEAD REPUTATIONS: 'simply the best book on the historical writing of the English Civil War to have appeared in years.' He lives in Oxfordshire.


an exemplary piece of popular history: the finest produce of the academy, trimmed and dressed for the consumption of all... opening up perhaps the most important national story to the nation, passionately retold yet unadorned. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Malcolm GaskillPut aside the Tudor chick-lit for a moment and read instead Blair Worden's elegant new book, a lucid account... straightforward, stimulating and a joy to read... authoritative and succinct... intriguing...It makes you want to know more. - LITERARY REVIEWWorden is a spellbinding writer. In fewer than 200 pages, he skewers the myriad shifting issues with precision, his every sentence commanding respect for his measured judgment and the marvellous suppleness of his language. - DAILY EXPRESS 16 January - Christopher SylvesterBlair Worden's authoritative and lively volume... Worden, one of our most distinguished scholars of the period (whose essay on the regicide of Charles I is a highlight of our forthcoming February issue), has written a chronological narrative of the upheavals, which deals with its origins, the military conflict, the killing of the king and its consequences, which linger to this day (as readers of our February edition will discover). It is hard to imagine a better introduction to the subject. - HISTORY TODAY - Paul Lay.. unencumbered by footnotes or academic jargo, it is aimed unasha

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