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Massacre: The Storming of Bolton [Paperback]

David Casserly
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31 May 2011
At the height of the English Civil War, having failed in his siege of Lathom House, Roundhead Colonel Alexander Rigby marched his forces into Bolton early on the morning of Tuesday 28 May 1644, narrowly beating the advance guard of Prince Rupert's forces to the town. Colonel Tillier, commander of the advance guard, summoned up the Prince's full army, and Bolton swiftly became the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres of the conflict. Massacre: The Storming of Bolton chronicles, in rich detail, the events leading up to the storming of Bolton and the catastrophic consequences for a number of its combatants. Setting the scene, author David Casserly describes the beginning of the Civil War and the struggle for dominance and support within the Lancashire hundreds, before recording the derivative effects of the Bolton Massacre on the remainder of the conflict. James Stanley, Earl of Derby, as the leading royalist in the county, swiftly becomes the main protagonist and Casserly expertly highlights how his incompetence and military ineptitude contributed to the ultimate fall of Lancashire to the Parliamentarian forces. The loyalty, tactics and decisions of Royalist and Roundhead alike are soundly challenged by Casserly, with the ultimate price paid by a number of men recorded with fitting dignity or disdain, depending on the circumstance. Massacre: The Storming of Bolton is a comprehensive account of the part Lancashire and its main protagonists played in a period that tore England apart.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (31 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848689764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848689763
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener 27 Oct 2011
By Looker
The visible signs of Boltons history have always been there for all to see. We rush around doing our day to day business not giving our surroundings a thought. Not anymore..... suprisingly found this compellingly accurate account the most readable book for some time. The fact I am Lancashire born was the first thing that appealed to me, so glad it did. Beautifully wrote and intensiveley researched, had me totally hooked. Currently re reading as I couldn't wait for the next page. History has been rewritten!
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This book purports to be about the massacre of Bolton, one of the most brutal episodes of the English Civil War when Prince Rupert's Royalist army assaulted the town and sacked it en route to their defeat at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644. The attack was unusual in its ferocity, more reminiscent of the 30 Years War in Germany than this conflict, and anyone who grows up in the area will learn about it as one of the most salient facts from local history.

In fact, the actual massacre of Bolton only occupies 7 pages of this book, which covers the Civil Wars in the wider county of Lancashire from 1642, and includes the Second and Third Civil Wars as well (in 1648 and 1651, which saw important actions at Preston and Wigan respectively). Whereas some of the wider war needed to be covered to put the massacre in context (e.g. the Siege of Lathom House), the book goes for a much wider coverage than that, perhaps because otherwise there would not be enough material for more than a short monograph. The book really should be called `a History of the Civil Wars in Lancashire'. I think a recent book has been published with a similar title so perhaps that is one reason why the more dramatic name was chosen.

The fighting in Lancashire was widespread and vicious in part because in the period leading up to the Civil War the county manifested in concentrated form the divisions of the country as a whole. Lancashire was a predominantly rural in the 1640s with only 11% of the population of 150,000 living in towns with more than 1,000 people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Comes Alive 13 Jan 2012
By David Colman - Published on
I've just finished reading David Casserly's `Massacre - the Storming of Bolton'. It was not a book I sought out; it was a Christmas gift from my wife who thought I might be interested in it because of my connection with Lancashire. She was absolutely right!
I knew very little about the English Civil War or Wars and even less about the significance of the events in Lancashire on those wars. Thanks to Casserly's book, I'm now considerably more aware of the goings on in Lancashire but, even more importantly, I'm intrigued to know more. I can only imagine, given the detail of information in the book, that Casserly did a tremendous amount of research to produce his book. It's obvious that he has a passion for the subject.

I found three chapters extremely riveting as though I was an eye witness to what was going on: The Siege at Lathom House; the Storming of Bolton; and the Drive to Destruction which depicted the events at Marston Moor.

I can recommend this book to anyone who may have an interest in the events in Lancashire and throughout England before, during and after the Civil Wars of the 1600s.

My only complaint, and it is a small one, is that there is no information about the author, David Casserly, anywhere to be found at the front or back of the book. I would have liked to have sent him a personal note of thanks.

But I enjoyed the book so much, I'm about to read it again and, in so doing, extend a big thank you to David Casserly, whoever you are!
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