Marlborough College Summer School

English Civil War

Maurice Ashley profiles the younger George Goring, one of the more successful of Cavalier generals, but one whose brave deeds and eclectic character have been little discussed.

Clarendon’s great ‘History’ was composed largely in exile and published after his death. Hugh Trevor-Roper discusses how the historian had originally intended this great work to be private political advice to the King.

York was in the heart of Royalist country at the beginning of the English Civil War. William Thurlow describes how it became the King’s capital.

C.V. Wedgwood analyses the life, death, and influence of Thomas Wentworth, first earl of Strafford.

Steven R. Smith describes the Apprentices’ part in the political struggles that followed the King’s defeat in the Civil War.

David Weigall describes a period when women emerged in politics as lively petitioners.

Alexander Winston describes how, in the middle of personal troubles, Milton became an eloquent defender of Cromwell’s system of government.

Falkland’s death alone, wrote Clarendon, would have branded the Civil Wars as ‘infamous and execrable’. Desmond Henry asks whether the young man sought to end his own life in a mood of deep depression?

Aram Bakshian Jr. asserts that the impression of the Prince as a dashing cavalry commander scarcely does justice to the whole man.

R.J. Milward describes how one of the last battles of the English Civil Wars took place in the county of Surrey, a few miles south of London.