The English Civil Wars of 1642-1651, part of a broader pattern of civil conflict in Britain and Ireland between 1639 and 1660 caused by a clash between King Charles I and Parliament over issues of religion, the constitutional role and limitations of monarchy and command and control of military forces, set the stage for the evolution of the modern British constitution and the British Army. The English Civil War volume in the International Library of Essays on Military History presents a series of scholarly articles exploring the military, political, social, religious, economic and constitutional context within which the Royalist and Parliamentarian forces struggled. Additionally, the essays examine the nature of armies and of war in mid-seventeenth century Britain, as well as selected campaigns and battles that shaped the eventual outcome.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Part I The Nature of the Armies and War in the British Civil Wars, 1639-60: The army of the Eastern Association, 1644-5, Godfrey Davies; The formation of the New Model Army, Godfrey Davies; The Parliamentary army under the Earl of Essex, 1642-5, Godfrey Davies; Gunpowder and the English Civil War, Peter Edwards; The supply of horses in the Parliamentarian and Royalist armies in the English Civil War, P.R. Edwards; Fairfax and the Lifeguards' colors, J. Mark Heumann; The case of the army truly stated: the creation of the New Model Army, Mark Kishlansky; The Royalist officer corps 1642-1660: army command as a reflexion of the social structure, P.R. Newman; Cromwell's trailblazer? Reinterpreting the Earl of Essex, Graham Seel; Militarie instructions for the cavallerie, Thomas M. Spaulding; The logistics of the Cromwellian conquest of Scotland 1650-1651, James Scott Wheeler. Part II Related Aspects of the British Civil Wars, 1639-60: The English context of the British Civil Wars, John Adamson; Atrocity, war crime, and treason in the English Civil War, Barbara Donagan; Why men fought in the British Civil Wars, 1639-1652, Ian Gentles; Scotland, Ireland and the English Civil War, Charles L. Hamilton; The clubmen of the West Riding of Yorkshire during the First Civil War: 'Bradford club-law', A.J. Hopper; Essex and the King's cause in 1648, Brian Lyndon; A King in search of soldiers: Charles I in 1642, Joyce L. Malcolm; Mutiny and discontent in English provincial armies, 1645-1647, J.S. Morrill; The wars of the three kingdoms, Jane Ohlmeyer; The fire-raid in the English Civil War, Stephen Porter; Why did people choose sides in the English Civil War, Conrad, Earl Russell; Charles I and Alexander Leslie, C. Stanford and Elizabeth Terry . Part III Military Campaigns and Battles of the British Civil Wars, 1639-60: The sieges of Hull during the Great Civil War, Ernest Broxap; A Royalist account of the withdrawal of the Ki