Cavaliers and Roundheads by Christopher Hibbert
The English Civil War, 1642-1649

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Analyzes the events before, during, and after the English Civil War, including the ascension of Charles I, the Irish Rebellion of 1642, the rise of Oliver Cromwell, the beheading of Charles I, and the return of Charles II.
 

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Christopher Hibbert: March 5, 1924 -- December 21, 2008 Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). Hibbert was awarded the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962 for The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Leicester. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84.
 
Published May 1, 1993 by Scribner. 337 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Throughout, Hibbert displays an eye for the curious and illuminating detail--quoting poet and playwright Thomas May, for instance, on Cromwell's New Model Army: ``Never did hardly any Army go forth to war with less confidence on their own side.'' The author succeeds in conveying the ruthlessness ...

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As King Charles I was led to his execution, guards blew smoke into his face. This vividly dramatic, engrossing chronicle of the English Civil War is crammed with such curious and revealing detail. Eng

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English historian Hibbert keeps historical analysis to a minimum and emphasizes minor skirmishes instead of major battles in an unconventional narrative that superbly illuminates the human dimensions and costs of the war.

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In Cavaliers and Roundheads: The English Civil War 1642-1649 Hibbert continues his efforts to write about history in a personable manner that opens up the broad vistas of the past to the general reader.

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