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The English Civil War A People's HistoryAys 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 IBy blending. Seduced by the cover blurbs I thought this was going to be a history of the English Civil War done in a way accessible than the CV Wedgewood classic a book I found dry and hard to follow a book where one gets lost in obscure doctrinaire disputes between the various religious dogmasSo was this book betterWell sort ofOn the down side the book is far too long weaving in first hand accounts of many people who pop up again and again in various chapters But you've long since forgotten who they were unless the personage is already a famous name like John Milton Far too much time is spent on elaborate detailed histories of some of the people going back to their childhoodThe book is loosely chronological but sometimes veers off into social issues whose story is better told across a span of years On the plus side you do get some vivid accounts of specific events leavened with considerable first person accounts From the vantage point of the 21st Century I had previously seen the conflict as one between the royalists and the Parliamentarians as one with no relevance today but something that just happened to pre Enlightenment societies across Europe I had also thought the Parliamentarians were the 'good' side as the name evokes modern representative governmentsPurkiss upended my pre conceived notions She presents the conflict as a fight to the death between the 'godly' and the Royalists where the godly saw the Royalists as papists who needed to be exterminated And the godly were no nascent constitutionalists they had in common with ISIS than with 2017 Westminster It was a strict religious predestination and the one true manner of faith Towns are sacked women and children butchered prisoners put to the sword The Cavaliers were eually guilty As an American our own Civil War can't be used to transpose American preconceptions onto the English Civil WarAs Purkiss points out the passions of the time were inflated by numerous pamphlets that cited true sort of true and freuently false acts of barbarity committed by the other side Hence one can not avoid imagining a similar conflict taking place in the US between a militarized Christian heartland versus the multi cultural secular humanist coastal elites so reviled in populist media Perhaps we haven't come so far from the 17th Century than we think Bottom line Purkiss's primary aim is to tell the tale of the English Civil War through the eyes of the participants both lowly and high It is not a story told through the lens of great men and great battles with a strict chronological narrative or one where each side is treated dispassionately through the distance of timeSo while eye opening in places the book's length and detailed chapters causes the reader to lose track at times of the big picture and whether there was any strategy employed by the main factions and how said strategy was measuring up against objectivesThere's a shorter coherent book on the English Civil War waiting to be written that can blend in Purkiss' impressive research into primary sources with a narrative that can keep the reader's attention A book that can somehow explain the religious dogmatic fights in terms relatable to modern readers as such dogma was central to the initial turning out of Charles from London and the start of the conflict

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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 involvedThe compelling narrative draws on new sources such as letters memoirs ballads and pl. A very interesting account of the background events and main actors in the English Civil War I've read it mainly because I have a very deep interest okay an addiction for Maria McCann's As Meat Loves Salt and I wanted to know about the historical setting of her novel This book certainly gave me food for thought and clarified some aspects of the New Model Army the Diggers' colonies the religious factions etc All things I didn't know much about and that are central to McCann's novel if one wants to really understand Jacob and Ferris' ideals objectives and shortcomings

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The English Civil War A People's History review ó eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ 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 involvedThe compelling narrative draws on new sources such as letters memoirs balladsThe 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. This history is rather disorganized and sometimes difficult to follow but it does a good job of purveying the FEEL of the Civil War by examining the wartime experiences of people of ordinary rank than the royals and grandees and other major players including several women Take it for what it's worth