[A] superb narrative history. (GUARDIAN
Royle's account is a compelling reconstruction of two of the most turbulent decades in British history. (SUNDAY TIMES
Royle's magnificent history cannot be mistaken for anything other than a tour de force. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Royle makes excellent use of primary sources, and, being a good historian, he throws everything into the battles (BBC History Magazine
* First complete general history of the English Civil War from its outbreak in 1639 to the last battle in 1659.