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English Civil War

1642-48 Armed conflict between the forces of the English Parliament and those of King Charles I caused by a complex of political, economic, religious and social problems. The policies of both... read more

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Martyn Bennett examines how the terminology we use about the great conflict of the mid-seventeenth century reflects and reinforces the interpretations we make.

A 1972 essay on women petitioners of the mid-17th century anticipated greater engagement with the political ambitions and private lives of ordinary men and women, says Alice Hunt.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Why, ask Richard Weight and Toby Haggith, do modern Britons still find it so hard to acknowledge their revolutionary past?

Volume: 64 Issue: 2 2014

As interest in the Protector grows, the axe hangs over his former school.

Volume: 64 Issue: 2 2014

On the Restoration, Charles II pardoned the many supporters of Cromwell’s Protectorate, with the exception of those directly involved in the execution of his father. These men now found their lives to be at great risk and several fled the country, as Charles Spencer explains.

Volume: 64 Issue: 10 2014

Philip Baker reassesses an article from 1967 on Cromwell and the Levellers, which challenged the orthodoxies of the times.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

Philip Baker considers the lasting impact of the Levellers’ famous efforts to reform the English state in the aftermath of the Civil Wars by means of written agreements guaranteeing the sovereignty of the people.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Sarah Mortimer looks at the historiography of what followed the British Civil Wars: the Republic led by Oliver Cromwell.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Cromwell’s military campaign in Ireland is one event that the British can never remember and the Irish can never forget. Tom Reilly questions one of the most enduring and troubling topics in Irish history. 

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Blair Worden revisits Hugh Trevor-Roper’s essay on the radicalism of the Puritan gentry, a typically stylish and ambitious contribution to a fierce controversy.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

In recent decades few fields of historical inquiry have produced as rich a body of work as the British Civil Wars. Sarah Mortimer offers a guide to the latest scholarship.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Changing sides during the British Civil Wars was more common than once thought, claims Andrew Hopper, and played an important part in determining the outcome of the conflict.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Decadent, effeminate, outdated, the image of the Cavalier remains that of his enemies, victorious in the Civil Wars. John Stubbs offers a rather more complex corrective view.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Though superb works of art in themselves, the wildlife paintings of Francis Barlow are full of rich metaphors that shed light on the anxieties and concerns of a Britain emerging from the horrors of civil war, says Nathan Flis.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

Despite their mutual loathing and suspicion, James I and his parliaments needed one another, as Andrew Thrush explains. The alternative, ultimately, was civil war.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers the birth of Birth of the First Earl of Clarendon on February 18, 1609. 

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Graham Goodlad examines differing interpretations of the part played by King Charles I in the outbreak of the civil war.

Issue: 63 2009

Blair Worden considers the enduring and sometimes surprising consequences of the execution of King Charles I.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Puritan souls may hide a cavalier approach to clothes, according to Patrick Little as he explores fashion at the court of Oliver Cromwell.

Volume: 58 Issue 9 2008

Richard Hughes shows there is more of historical interest to William Prynne than his famous auditory organs.

Issue: 60 2008

Patrick Little asks why Parliament offered the infamous regicide the crown of England, to what extent he was tempted to take it – and why he finally turned it down.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

Graham Goodlad surveys the variety of interpretations offered by historians of Cromwellian rule in the 1650s.

Issue: 57 2007

James Robertson investigates the Lord Protector’s ambitious plans for war with Spain in the Caribbean.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Robin Evans assesses the contribution of the Welsh to the troubles of 1642-49.

Issue: 53 2005

Richard Cust reassesses the thinking behind the biggest military blunder of the English Civil War, Charles I’s decision to fight the New Model Army at Naseby in June 1645.

Volume: 55 Issue: 10 2005

A group of second-year students from Southampton University present the results of a collaborative research project.

Issue: 47 2003

David L Smith explains why Cromwell so signally failed to establish harmony with his Parliaments.

Issue: 46 2003

Martyn Bennett examines how the terminology we use about the great conflict of the mid-seventeenth century reflects and reinforces the interpretations we make.

Issue: 45 2003

David L. Smith provides an overview of parliamentary history during the 'century of revolutions'.

Issue: 43 2002

During the Commonwealth years England's navy scored a series of notable victories against the Dutch and Spanish, but the heroes of the navy were army men, not sailors. Michael Baumber scrutinises the career of the greatest general-at-sea, Robert Blake, who put new heart into the Senior Service. 

Annual competition for essays on Oliver Cromwell.
Volume: 51 Issue: 1 2001

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