The English Civil War by Diane Purkiss
Papists, Gentlewoman, Soldiers, and Witchfinders in the Birth of Modern Britain

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In this compelling history of the violent struggle between the monarchy and Parliament that tore apart seventeenth-century England, a rising star among British historians sheds new light on the people who fought and died through those tumultuous years. Drawing on exciting new sources, including letters, memoirs, ballads, plays, illustrations, and even cookbooks, Diane Purkiss creates a rich and nuanced portrait of this turbulent era. The English Civil War’s dramatic consequences-rejecting the divine right monarchy in favor of parliamentary rule-continue to influence our lives, and in this colorful narrative, Purkiss vividly brings to life the history that changed the course of Western government.
 

About Diane Purkiss

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Author of "The Witch in History", Diane Purkiss was formerly Professor of English at Exeter University and is now Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford.
 
Published December 4, 2007 by Basic Books. 680 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The English Civil War: A People's History by Diane Purkiss 624pp, HarperCollins, £25 When Charles I's head was finally parted from the rest of his body on January 30 1649, several spectators rushed forwards to soak their handkerchiefs in the gush of blood.

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Oxford historian Purkiss (The Witch in History ) draws a gallery of sharp biographical sketches of participants from Cromwell to ordinary soldiers, paying special attention to the oft-neglected doings of women, like aristocratic intriguer Lucy Hay and radical dissenter Anna Trapnel.

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Natalie is the editor of My London Your London, an independent cultural guide featuring theatre, gallery and museum reviews, and also blogs at Philobiblon, on history, culture, Green politics and all things feminist.

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(p.414-415) That is the Civil War - a real war, presented in a way that real wars all too rarely are.

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At the heart of Purkiss's book is the ably supported claim that the experience of the Civil War, literary and otherwise, testifies to a profound crisis of masculinity in early modern English culture.

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