Diane Purkiss: The English Civil War A People's History



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A very interesting ccount of the background events nd main ctors in the English Civil War I ve read it mainly because I have very deep interest okay n ddiction for Maria McCann s As Meat Loves Salt nd I wanted to know bout the historical setting of her novel This book certainly gave me food for thought nd clarified some spects of the New Model Army the Diggers colonies the religious factions etc All things I didn t know much bout nd that re central to McCann s novel if one wants to really understand Jacob nd Ferris ideals objectives nd shortcomings 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 nd even spiritually This is the central thesis of this magnificent book illustrated through the words nd Bound (Torn Trilogy, actions of innumerable individuals highnd low male nd female ll the parts they play re instrumental in the unravelling of events Carefully interweaving the narrative with the lives of real people ordinary nd extraordinary the uthor masterful storyteller moves now forwards now backwards keeping the reader engaged through Loyalty and Lies almost six hundred pages The story does not end where she leaves off unfortunately but with so much contentlready 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 This history is rather disorganized nd sometimes difficult to follow but it does good job of purveying the FEEL of the Civil War by examining the wartime experiences of people of ordinary rank than the royals Fortunes Flames and grandeesnd other major players including several women Take it for what it s worth Contrary to the title this is not history of the English civil war of the 1640 s It s collection of contemporary ccounts from original documents focusing on number of people who were prominent nd obscure participants in the historical events The research was staggering nd is documented in FURTHER READING t the end of the book Reading the ctual words of the participants is revelation nd immediately conveys the sensibilities nd motivations of the time To say religion was the cause of the civil war is n over simplification but it is evident that many of those involved were strongly influenced by their religious beliefs to Claiming Her an extent that is difficult to grasp today Christian fundame. This popular history of the English Civil War tells the story of the bloody conflict between Oliver Cromwellnd Charles I from the perspectives of those involvedThe compelling narrative draws on new sources such s letters memoirs ballads nd pl.

Ntalism was the back bone of ll 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 fter the profound upheaval of the civil war That uestion is not ddressed here The uthor spends some time describing the democratic movements including the Levellers nd the Diggers which were swirling bout nd concludes that they were not nearly s influential Murder Go Round as subseuent left wing intellectuals made them out to be Seduced by the cover blurbs I thought this was going to be history of the English Civil War done in How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a wayccessible than the CV Wedgewood classic Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential a book I found drynd hard to follow book where one gets lost in obscure doctrinaire disputes between the various religious dogmasSo was this book betterWell sort ofOn the down side the book is far too long weaving in first hand ccounts of many people who The research done for this book was obviously immense Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and therere many gems The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) aboutll Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 areas of English society during the civil war When Purkiss writesbout Milton Cromwell or the royal family for example she hits her groove Or when she gets on 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 bit of Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child a chore I think that this book could have been 150 200 pages shorternd it would have improved it While there The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 aressumptions that Purkiss makes that I Of Mice and Men am uncomfortable with on the whole her regardnd respect for her subject is refreshing Not very good I was very disappointed with this one The idea behind the book was sound people s history of the English Civil War but the execution was flawed The organization wasn t great ll bout the battles nd politics interspersed with random topic chapters The writing is wful It s t it s best with straight narrative but that s ll too brief It s usually long nd jarring uotes followed by the I Was Anastasia author s opinionsnd explanation of said passage It made for Choice of the Cat awkwardnd tedious reading The content was Three Cups of Deceit also disappointing I was expecting social or cultural history of the English Civil War what I got were Sparrow Road awkward battle narrativend politics A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston along with the occasional social history bit It s shame s the uthor s real strength was narrative bout the social nd cultural history of the English Civil War Essentially this book failed to live up to its strength Much bet. Ays to bring to life the Roundheads Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and Cavaliers the foot soldiers war widowsnd witchfinders of one of the most significant turning points in British history culminating in Oliver Cromwell’s triumph nd the execution of Charles IBy blending.

Ter editing nd on the social rather than the war Yoga: The Art of Adjusting and politics would have helped tremendously Thatnd narrative structure with footnotes to the documents themselves to save on endless uotation would have possibly made this book 4 Instead I give it The Neural Basis of Free Will a 2 It is just too longnd too wkward nd too much military history to be enjoyable It failed to live up to its premise A touch fragmented in places but fantastic read nd real eye opener It s lso totally relevant to what is happening in England right now in 2020 Parliament was usurped by Charles I AND Cromwell Parliament was Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, abused both by Royalistsnd Parliamentarians And the way I see it Johnson Past Destinies and Cummings right nowre Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 acting like Cromwellnd his mob than If Wishes Were Horses anything else Cromwell never wanted true democracy He wanted power for the sake of power Another message which comes through clearly the English havelways been racists nd xenophobes The irony is that Charles I was internationalist nd Parliament isolationist This was religious war s much s nything I could go on We need real proportional representation in this country s well s the bolition of the monarchy If we don t we ll remain stuck innthe 1640s which is what we re now The English Civil War is the most underrated occurrence in British history even the major battlefields re poorly marked nd signposted And yet this remarkable war Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day amongst ourselves changed forever how this island of ours ruled theirffairsOf course there A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 are countless books running through the battlesnd 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 rmies the ones who battled for real revolution of ideas nd 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 dd to the mixIf you want peep through the keyhole t Britian in this 17th century maelstrom take The Unspeakable Mind a peep through Diane Purkiss novel It s 600 pages that doesn t read easy t times but take the time nyway it s Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought a real eye opener I thought this wasn excellent Murder at Beechwood alternative to traditional top down history of the English Civil War I was fascinated but I m interested in this period so I suppose it wouldn t take much to hold my ttention It was engagingly written nd I enjoyed the focus the uthor placed on religious extremism rather than battles My only criticism is that she expected the reader to remember the names of ll of her little known The political nd the personal Diane Purkiss illuminates both the ideologies behind the English Civil War nd the fears of those who fought in it; the men who were destroyed by the conflict nd those such s Oliver Cromwell who were defined by it.

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Purkiss also writes children's books with her son Michael Dowling under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt