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  1. says:

    Not very good I was very disappointed with this one The idea behind the book was sound a people’s history of the English Civil War but the execution was flawed The organization wasn’t great all about the battles and politics interspersed with random topic chapters The writing is awful It’s at it’s best with straight narrative but that’s all too brief It’s usually long and jarring uotes followed by the author’s opinions and explanation of said passage It made for awkward and tedious reading The content was also disappointing I was expecting a social or cultural history of the English Civil War what I got were awkward battle narrative and politics along with the occasional social history bit It’s a shame as the author’s real strength was narrative about the social and cultural history of the English Civil War Essentially this book failed to live up to its strength Much better editing and on the social rather than the war and politics would have helped tremendously That and a narrative structure with footnotes to the documents themselves to save on endless uotation would have possibly made this book a 4 Instead I give it a 2 It is just too long and too awkward and too much military history to be enjoyable It failed to live up to its premise


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    Contrary to the title this is not a history of the English civil war of the 1640’s It’s a collection of contemporary accounts from original documents focusing on a number of people who were prominent and obscure participants in the historical events The research was staggering and is documented in FURTHER READING at the end of the book Reading the actual words of the participants is a revelation and immediately conveys the sensibilities and motivations of the time To say religion was the cause of the civil war is an over simplification but it is evident that many of those involved were strongly influenced by their religious beliefs to an extent that is difficult to grasp today Christian fundamentalism was the back bone of all the factions from the Catholics to the various Protestant sects Charles 1 was the big loser but oddly the monarchy eventually won out in the Restoration How did this happen after the profound upheaval of the civil war? That uestion is not addressed here The author spends some time describing the democratic movements including the Levellers and the Diggers which were swirling about and concludes that they were not nearly as influential as subseuent left wing intellectuals made them out to be


  3. says:

    A very interesting account of the background events and main actors in the English Civil War I've read it mainly because I have a very deep interest okay an addiction for Maria McCann's As Meat Loves Salt and I wanted to know about the historical setting of her novel This book certainly gave me food for thought and clarified some aspects of the New Model Army the Diggers' colonies the religious factions etc All things I didn't know much about and that are central to McCann's novel if one wants to really understand Jacob and Ferris' ideals objectives and shortcomings


  4. says:

    A touch fragmented in places but a fantastic read and a real eye opener It's also totally relevant to what is happening in England right now in 2020 Parliament was usurped by Charles I AND Cromwell Parliament was abused both by Royalists and Parliamentarians And the way I see it Johnson and Cummings right now are acting like Cromwell and his mob than anything else Cromwell never wanted true democracy He wanted power for the sake of power Another message which comes through clearly the English have always been racists and xenophobes The irony is that Charles I was internationalist and Parliament isolationist This was a religious war as much as anything I could go on We need real proportional representation in this country as well as the abolition of the monarchy If we don't we'll remain stuck innthe 1640s which is what we are now


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    Seduced by the cover blurbs I thought this was going to be a history of the English Civil War done in a way accessible than the CV Wedgewood classic a book I found dry and hard to follow a book where one gets lost in obscure doctrinaire disputes between the various religious dogmasSo was this book better?Well sort ofOn the down side the book is far too long weaving in first hand accounts of many people who pop up again and again in various chapters But you've long since forgotten who they were unless the personage is already a famous name like John Milton Far too much time is spent on elaborate detailed histories of some of the people going back to their childhoodThe book is loosely chronological but sometimes veers off into social issues whose story is better told across a span of years On the plus side you do get some vivid accounts of specific events leavened with considerable first person accounts From the vantage point of the 21st Century I had previously seen the conflict as one between the royalists and the Parliamentarians as one with no relevance today but something that just happened to pre Enlightenment societies across Europe I had also thought the Parliamentarians were the 'good' side as the name evokes modern representative governmentsPurkiss upended my pre conceived notions She presents the conflict as a fight to the death between the 'godly' and the Royalists where the godly saw the Royalists as papists who needed to be exterminated And the godly were no nascent constitutionalists they had in common with ISIS than with 2017 Westminster It was a strict religious predestination and the one true manner of faith Towns are sacked women and children butchered prisoners put to the sword The Cavaliers were eually guilty As an American our own Civil War can't be used to transpose American preconceptions onto the English Civil WarAs Purkiss points out the passions of the time were inflated by numerous pamphlets that cited true sort of true and freuently false acts of barbarity committed by the other side Hence one can not avoid imagining a similar conflict taking place in the US between a militarized Christian heartland versus the multi cultural secular humanist coastal elites so reviled in populist media Perhaps we haven't come so far from the 17th Century than we think Bottom line Purkiss's primary aim is to tell the tale of the English Civil War through the eyes of the participants both lowly and high It is not a story told through the lens of great men and great battles with a strict chronological narrative or one where each side is treated dispassionately through the distance of timeSo while eye opening in places the book's length and detailed chapters causes the reader to lose track at times of the big picture and whether there was any strategy employed by the main factions and how said strategy was measuring up against objectivesThere's a shorter coherent book on the English Civil War waiting to be written that can blend in Purkiss' impressive research into primary sources with a narrative that can keep the reader's attention A book that can somehow explain the religious dogmatic fights in terms relatable to modern readers as such dogma was central to the initial turning out of Charles from London and the start of the conflict


  6. says:

    There is possibly no period of English indeed British history unjustly neglected than the Civil Wars Far than the feudal wranglings of the Wars of the Roses they made the United Kingdom the nation that it is politically ideologically and even spiritually This is the central thesis of this magnificent book illustrated through the words and actions of innumerable individuals high and low male and female all the parts they play are instrumental in the unravelling of events Carefully interweaving the narrative with the lives of real people ordinary and extraordinary the author a masterful storyteller moves now forwards now backwards keeping the reader engaged through almost six hundred pages The story does not end where she leaves off unfortunately but with so much content already she can hardly blamed for that Everyone who wants to understand what the importance of Britain has been in world history over the last three hundred odd years could do much worst than start here


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    The English Civil War is the most underrated occurrence in British history; even the major battlefields are poorly marked and signposted And yet this remarkable war amongst ourselves changed forever how this island of ours ruled their affairsOf course there are countless books running through the battles and reasons but this book goes deeper into the psyche of the real people the ones who fought the ones who remained behind to be savaged by both armies the ones who battled for a real revolution of ideas and how classes should be tolerated or removed forever Amidst the trauma of religious divides the choice between King or Parliament the curse of the Witchfinder General rises up to add to the mixIf you want a peep through the keyhole at Britian in this 17th century maelstrom take a peep through Diane Purkiss' novel It's a 600 pages that doesn't read easy at times but take the time anyway it's a real eye opener


  8. says:

    The research done for this book was obviously immense and there are many gems about all areas of English society during the civil war When Purkiss writes about Milton Cromwell or the royal family for example she hits her groove Or when she gets on a narrowly defined topic like food Christmas iconoclasm or specific radical reformers this book is riveting However the incredible body of research often takes precedence over the narrative of the story which causes the book to sometimes be a bit of a chore I think that this book could have been 150 200 pages shorter and it would have improved it While there are assumptions that Purkiss makes that I am uncomfortable with on the whole her regard and respect for her subject is refreshing


  9. says:

    This history is rather disorganized and sometimes difficult to follow but it does a good job of purveying the FEEL of the Civil War by examining the wartime experiences of people of ordinary rank than the royals and grandees and other major players including several women Take it for what it's worth


  10. says:

    I thought this was an excellent alternative to a traditional top down history of the English Civil War I was fascinated but I am interested in this period so I suppose it wouldn't take much to hold my attention It was engagingly written and I enjoyed the focus the author placed on religious extremism rather than battles My only criticism is that she expected the reader to remember the names of all of her little known figures as easily as they remembered the names of Cromwell and Fairfax so a dramatis personae might have been useful Whenever a section began with 'Anna Morris did not fare so well however' I thought who's that again? The maid or the brewery owner?All in all though great read kept me busy for months


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The English Civil War A People's History

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The political and the personal Diane Purkiss illuminates both the ideologies behind the English Civil War and the fears of those who fought in it; the men who were destroyed by the conflict and those such as Oliver Cromwell who were defined by it. The research done for this book was obviously immense and there are many gems about all areas of English society during the civil war When Purkiss writes about Milton Cromwell or the royal family for example she hits her groove Or when she gets on a narrowly defined topic like food Christmas iconoclasm or specific radical reformers this book is riveting However the incredible body of research often takes precedence over the narrative of the story which causes the book to sometimes be a bit of a chore I think that this book could have been 150 200 pages shorter and it would have improved it While there are assumptions that Purkiss makes that I am uncomfortable with on the whole her regard and respect for her subject is refreshing