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The English Civil War: Papists, Gentlewomen, Soldiers, and Witchfinders in…

by Diane Purkiss

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Like the War itself, I think it sounds a lot more interesting than it actually ends up being. I know that the point of the book is to look at how the war effected individual and everyday lives, but there are so many threads in the story lines, it's impossible to get invested in any of the players. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
A good book to cover the sweep of this period of English history. I was a little disappointed Purkiss did not spend more time discussing the basic ideas that were the impetus of the Civil War - no taxation without representation, the limits of monarchical power, the rise of popular politics - but perhaps I over estimate their importance. Purkiss did very well conveying the confusion and anarchy of the times, and the sense that society was unraveling that many participants felt. Still, a little more politics with the social studies would not have been amiss. ( )
  billiecat | Aug 25, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007150628, Paperback)

This popular history of the English Civil War tells the story of the bloody conflict between Oliver Cromwell and Charles I from the perspectives of those involved. The compelling narrative draws on new sources such as letters, memoirs, ballads and plays to bring to life the Roundheads and Cavaliers, the foot soldiers, war widows and witchfinders of one of the most significant turning points in British history, culminating in Oliver Cromwell's triumph and the execution of Charles I. By blending the political and the personal, Diane Purkiss illuminates both the ideologies behind the English Civil War and the fears of those who fought in it; the men who were destroyed by the conflict and those, such as Oliver Cromwell, who were defined by it.

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"This history of the English Civil War, culminating in the execution of Charles I, brings to life the people who fought in it, died in it, and in doing so changed the history of the world forever. Drawing on exciting new sources including letters, memoirs, ballads, plays, illustrations and material from private collections, Diane Purkiss tells the story of this critical era not just as the battle of ideas, but as the histories of the vibrant characters who conceived them."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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