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Edgehill 1642: First Battle of the English Civil War

Edgehill 1642: First Battle of the English Civil War (Hardback)

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The battle of Edgehill was the first major clash of the English Civil Wars. In 1642 both Royalists and Parliamentarians expected that one great contest of arms would see the crushing of their enemies. When their field armies blundered into contact on the evening of 22 October 1642, Prince Rupert urged King Charles to array his army on the great ridge of Edgehill and give battle. The next day, amidst abject cowardice and absolute courage, the tide of battle swept Rupert's cavalry to triumph, but saw victory snatched away as the Royalist infantry was hurled back by the defiant Parliamentarians. The chance for decisive victory was lost and the bloody civil war raged on. This first-ever English Civil War campaign title from Osprey uncovers remarkable new evidence to transform the accepted view of this key battle.

KETIH ROBERTS was born in 1955 and was educated at Highgate School. He graduated in History from Leicester University in 1977 and is currently employed by one of the major clearing banks. He is a military analyst and lecturer on the theory and practice of war in Europe and England between 1590 and 1660 and has published widely in this field. His previous work for Osprey includes Elite 25: Soldiers of the English Civil War (1) Infantry.::Tincey /f John /b JOHN TINCEY is the author of Elite 15: The Armada Campaign 1588, Elite 27: Soldiers of the English Civil War (2) Cavalry and Men-at-Arms 267: The British Army 1660-1704. He has also published works on the battle of Sedgemoor and edited the drill book, The Young Horse-man by John Vernon. His TV and video appearances include documentaries on the Armada, Borodino and Waterloo.

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