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The British Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660 Hardcover – May 7, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


Raves for Crimea, A New York Times Notable Book of 2001
"A well-written and thorough study of what might be considerd the first modern war." --The New York Times Book Review

"Trevor Royle's achievement is to have skillfully encompassed and explained the complexities of his subject in a single voume of no excessive lenth. A capable historian...he has well understood the combined intricacies of politics, diplomacy, military campaigning and changing public opinion." --The New York Review of Books
"Trevor Royle has crafted a very impressive comprehensive narrative of the British Civil War, reminiscent of Samuel Rawson Gardiner's classic account, only thoroughly updated with recent historiographical perspectives. It is meticulous in its chronological coverage, and appears well researched." --Jeff Chamberlian, Univ of St. Francis

About the Author

Trevor Royle is the author of Crimea, a New York Times Notable Book of 2001 (Palgrave Macmillan), and Winds of Change: The End of Empire in Africa.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312292937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312292935
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,122,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ken Braithwaite on August 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is primarily a history of the various and confusing wars in the Stuart/Cromwell era rather tha the political or religious issues. The book's greatest strength is the way it connects the events in the three kingdoms -- England, Ireland, and Scotland --which is essential to see the overall picture in a confusing time. This Royle does well. I would have liked more discussion of the religious issues and a bit less on the battle details, but otherwise a fine history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Page on May 12, 2010
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Trevor Royle's "the British Civil Wars" is a massive tome:888 pages including notes and index. This might intimidate the casual reader, but at their loss. This is a richly written, flowing narrative of one of the watershed events in British, and thus American history. Royle draws fascinating sketches of the personalities involved, giving more shading and nuance as the character becomes more involved in the action. Ideas are examined, and one gets a very clear picture of the viewpoints of the major participants, as well as the way their opponents perceived them. The tragedy of very earnest men, following their ideals, tearing apart the two kingdoms of England and Scotland is indelibly portrayed in this book. The Irish War of confederation also gets an honest and level treatment.

Seven maps are included, as are sixteen pages of black and white illustrations.
I can not imagine a better overview of this colorful, dramatic period. Highly recommended.
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By Petenick on August 18, 2015
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I am still reading this but it is very interesting.
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