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The King's War, 1641-47 (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 28 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141390727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141390727
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 5.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dame Veronica Wedgwood was born in 1910 and educated in London, France, Germany and at Oxford University. She was awarded the Order of Merit in 1969. A prolific writer, her books include The King's Peace 1637-41 and The Trial Of Charles I also published in Penguin Classic History. Professor Sir John Plumb wrote of Dame Veronica that 'Her gifts are splendid and altogether exceptional. She is a great craftswoman and a great writer.'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By orpheus@cyber.net.pk on 6 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
One must praise the editors of Penguins new Classic History line for making gems like this available to the general reader at a reasonable price. Some of the titles in the series are outstanding, despite (like this one) having been written in the 50s.
The King's War is the companion volume to 'The King's Peace'. After reading the first, I rushed to the bookstore to grab this title. Both are extremely well written, reading with the pace of a novel, though densely packed with a wide variety of sources.
After an outstanding introduction to the land, the age, and the principal characters who feature in the narrative, the author launches into the narrative. Her focus is very much on political events, and military ones. This is grand history in the classical style. Though society at large is never ignored, with numerous references to prmary sources amongst the townsfolk, common men and soldiers and newspapers of the time, Ms. Wedgewood does not look for structural explanations for the war. Individuals are very much the driving forces behind events, though her grasp of the social and economic effects of the war are sound.
All in all, anyone looking for a good read can certainly find it here. For those looking to study the civil war in depth, this might well be the best place to start - they will find here both an excellent narrative of important events as well receive the added bonus of having their immaginations stirred, raising the motivation to delve deeper into the momentous events of the time.
A final note: One certainly does not feel that there is any bias in Ms. Wedgwood's narrative, but the focus on the whole tends to be on the King's party. Hence the title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
Wedgwood's England of the Civil War is the one that remains foremost in my imagination for that period. There are undoubtedly better military histories, political histories or local histories; but I doubt any produce so fine an overview as this book.

Unashamedly narrative history with a strong eye to the individual characters of the war this is an old book that one can keep reading. As well as analysis there is plenty of drama and even tragedy; I think especially of her description of Prince Rupert riding towards York, not knowing that he was never again to experience victory.
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