Andrew introduces the book thus:
In January 1649 the unthinkable happened: after a public trial the king of England was beheaded on a scaffold outside his palace of Whitehall. The world would never be quite the same again. Very shortly afterwards the monarchy, along with the House of Lords, were formally abolished. England was declared to be a ‘free Commonwealth’ and for the next eleven years various governments attempted to forge a new concept of England based upon the ideals of puritan republicanism and impose these ideals on Scotland, Wales and Ireland in an attempt to create not just an English but a ‘British’ republic.
How had this extraordinary state of affairs come about? Why had the relationship between king and Parliament broken down to such an extent that by 1642 both sides were actively preparing for war? It would be very easy to fill a large library with books and articles on the subject of the English Civil War, to say nothing of the ever-growing number of websites, films and documentaries. Whilst this shows how popular the subject is, it can be rather overwhelming: where does one begin? That is where The English Civil War in 100 Facts makes its entrance! Here I have tried to set out the main story, present the major characters and introduce some of the principal issues which men and women fought over – many of which are still being debated.
Naturally, in a book of this length, it is impossible to explore every detail on every subject concerning this intriguing and complex period. If you are seeking detailed analysis of, say, military equipment and strategy I am afraid you will be disappointed. I have tried to concentrate on why the people of the British Isles fought each other so bitterly and for so long, why fathers fought sons and brother killed brother, and some of the consequence which arose out of this conflict. I hope, if you have read and enjoyed this short book, it may prompt you to explore this fascinating period in greater depth.
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