Bibliographies: Civil Wars

  1. Britain in Revolution, Austin Woolrych (Superb ‘ bible’ of the English Revolution everything you wanted to know)
  2. Black Tom: Sir Thomas Fairfax & the English revolution, Andrew Hopper (detailed life of Fairfaxes)
  3. The Blazing World, Jonathan Healey (excellent & engaging 17th century overview)
  4. Causes of the English Civil War, Conrad Russell (A master of the art)
  5. Charles I: The Personal Monarch, Charles Carlton (rather one-eyed. but interesting & fun anecdotes)
  6. Charles I: A Political Life, Richard Cust (also a very good coverage of his reign)
  7. Charles I, Mark Kishlansky (Revisionist, short and readable)
  8. Command of the Ocean, N A M Rodger (One of a series, THE place to go for naval history)
  9. Conflict in Early Stuart England, Edited by Cust and Hughes (monograph articles, good but turgid)
  10. Cromwell: Our Chief of men, Antonia Fraser (Favourable, big)
  11. Cromwell, Ronald Hutton (Early years – good  but there’s a lot of it)
  12. Cromwell’s Legacy, edited Mills (very interesting articles)
  13. Debate on the English Revolution, R C Richardson
  14. Devil-Land, Clare Jackson (amusing view of 17th century from the outside from Ambassadors, not always well informed)
  15. English Civil Wars, Blair Worden (A classic, and short)
  16. English Civil War, Diane Purkiss (big, rather a gentry view than ordinary folk, but good for a different angle)
  17. The English Civil Wars: Conflict and Contests,  Edited by john Adamson (bit of a whopper)
  18. The English Civil War at First Hand, Tristram Hunt (very good series of quotes, ,quite unique)
  19. The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the wars of the Three Kingdoms, Nick Lipscombe (Wonderful)
  20. Free-Born John, Pauline Gregg (long in the tooth, but the only biography I think)
  21. God’s Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution, Christopher Hill (Classic, and favourable)
  22. God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland, Micheal O Siochru (Excellent, more  balanced than the title suggests)
  23. Henry Vane, JH Adamson & H F Folland
  24. Killers of the King, Charles Spencer (Very engaging, a bit like a thriller really)
  25. Modern Ireland, R F Foster (A classic revisionist text, not beloved of nationalists)
  26. Montrose, C V Wedgewood (An old 50’s classic)
  27. The New Model Army: Agent of Revolution, Ian Gentles (The bible for the subject of the revolutionary army)
  28. The Noble Revolt, John Adamson (Chunkster)
  29. The Origins of Empire, ed, Nicholas Canny (Excellent series on Empire, by various authors)
  30. Politics and War in the Three Stuart Kingdoms, David Scott (really good British summary of how the three fitted together)
  31. Providence Lost, Paul Lay (Engaging book on the Republic)
  32. Rebellion: Britain’s first Stuart Kings, 1567-1642, Tim Harris
  33. The Restless Republic, Anna Keay
  34. Rethinking the Scottish Revolution: Covenanted Scotland, 1637–1651, Laura Stewart
  35. Revolution and Counter Revolution, David Stevenson
  36. Safeguard of the Sea, N A M Rodger (as above)
  37. The Siege of Loyalty House, Jessie Childs (Very well written. personal stories of an iconic siege – mainly fro besieged view)
  38. The Scottish Revolution, David Stevenson (Definitive, good read)
  39. The Stuart Age, Wroughton (good reference for the biographies and timelines)
  40. The Trial of Charles I, C V Wedgewood (again a classic, old style, if  not the most recent)
  41. The Tyrannicide Brief, Geoffrey Robertson (loved this book –  the story of the lawyer John Cooke who prosecuted Charles)
  42. Union and Revolution, Laura Stewart (Overview, reasonably brief and thoughtful book)
  43. Why was Charles I executed? Clive Holmes

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