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War in England 1642-1649

Barbara Donagan


This book focuses on answering a misleadingly simple question: in terms of ordinary lives what kind of a war was the English civil war? Eschewing descriptions of specific battles or analyses of political and religious developments, the book examines the ‘texture’ of war, addressing questions such as what did Englishmen and women believe about war and know about its practice before 1642? What were the conditions in which a soldier fought — for example, how efficient was his musket (not very), and how did he know where he was going (much depended on the reliability of scouts and spies)? What wer ... More

Keywords: musket, scouts, spies, conduct in war, army discipline, courts martial, officers, armies, royalists, parliamentarians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Donagan, author
Independent scholar at The Huntington, California