The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638-1660

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PREFACE

I became co-editor of this book under very sad circumstances. On 6 January 1996 John Philipps Kenyon died suddenly after a short illness. While John commissioned the essays for this volume and read two of them, his untimely death denied him the opportunity to edit them. Since I had known John as a student (he was my Head of Department while I was an undergraduate at St Andrews University), as a mentor and increasingly as a friend, I felt especially honoured when Oxford University Press invited me to complete the task.

However, this book would never have been finished without the help and support of many people. I would like to thank the editorial staff at Oxford University Press -- especially Michael Cox, Alysoun Owen, Alison Jones, and Rowena Anketell -- and John's widow, Angela, for their co-operation and commitment to this project. I owe a special debt of gratitude to my fellow contributors, especially Edward Furgol who answered seemingly endless queries about seventeenthcentury Scotland; to Geoffrey Parker and Ian Gentles, who read the manuscript and made many helpful suggestions for improvement; and to John Morrill, who served as an exemplary general editor and kindly agreed to write the Introduction and Postlude. I would also like to thank my colleague Frederick Pedersen for answering my computer queries; the secretaries in the History Department at the University of Aberdeen, especially Sandra Williams; and the staff of Glucksman Ireland House at NewYork University -- Bernie Burke, Pat King, Eliza O'Grady, and Bob Scally -- for their hospitality and tolerance as I finalized this volume. As always I greatly appreciate the continued support of my family, Shirley Ohlmeyer, Alex Green, Dagmar Heyer, and my sons Jamie and Richard. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the enormous debt which I owe to John Kenyon. This volume is dedicated to his memory. J.O.


Glucksman Ireland House, March 1997

Spellings from contemporary sources have been modernized and for proper names modern spellings have been preferred.

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The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638-1660
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Maps xi
  • J. P. Kenyon 1927-1996 - A Personal Appreciation xiii
  • List of Contributors xvii
  • Introduction xix
  • Part One - Civil Wars in the Stuart Kingdoms 1
  • 1 - The Background to the Civil Wars in the Stuart Kingdoms 3
  • 2 - The Civil Wars in Scotland 41
  • 3 - The Civil Wars in Ireland 73
  • 4 - The Civil Wars in England 103
  • 5 - Naval Operations 156
  • Part Two - The British and Irish Experiences of War 193
  • 6 - Sieges and Fortifications 195
  • 7 - Logistics and Supply 234
  • 8 - Civilians 272
  • Postlude - Between War and Peace 1651-1662 306
  • Notes 329
  • Select Bibliography 345
  • Chronology 353
  • Index 383
  • Acknowledgement 391
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