- May 2008
This is one of the most written about periods of history & a bibliography so extensive it would take a lifetime to get through it. Every year it seems tends to produce a raft of new scholarship.This is all fascinating stuff. I guess the Roundheads must have been real ******** to be voted down so decisively in this poll. I know way too little about the history of the English Civil War. It's got to be the next subject I tackle.
Does anyone have recommendations on some good books about it?
Best general works I've read on the century as a whole;
Christopher Hill, Century of Revolution 1603-1714
Mark Kishlansky, A Monarchy Transformed 1603-1714
Best concentrated study;
C.V. Wedgwood's 3 Volume classic; The King's Peace, The King's War & The Trial of Charles I is still essential reading. A masterpiece of good old fashioned narrative history if ever there was one.
Best military history;
John Kenyon & Jane Ohlmeyer; The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland and Ireland 1638-1660.
And here's one of the best historical websites I've ever seen;
British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1638-60
Skipping through this for half the day will really expand your knowledge. What I like most about it apart from the extensive database of bibliographies is the fact that so many primary documents are sourced in the reference pages; Pym's speeches, Putney debates, text of Covenanters Oath etc. Indispensable tool, kudos to those responsible.