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God's Fury, England's Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars

God's Fury, England's Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars

The sequence of civil wars that ripped England apart in the seventeenth century was one of the most devastating conflicts in its history. It destroyed families and towns, ravaged the population and led many, both supporters of Charles I and his opponents, to believe that England’s people were being punished by a vengeful God. This masterly new history illuminates what it was like to live through a time of terrifying violence, religious fervour and radical politics. Michael Braddick describes how pamphleteers, armies, iconoclasts, witch-hunters, Levellers, protestors and petitioners were all mobilized in the chaos, as they fought over new ways to imagine their world.



Part I - The Crisis of the Three Kingdoms, 1637–1642

Chapter 2. From the Bowels of the Whore of Babel

Chapter 3. Self-Government at the King's Command

Chapter 4. Drawing Swords in the King’s Service

Chapter 5. We Dream Now of a Golden Age

Chapter 6. Barbarous Catholics and Puritan Populists

Chapter 7. Paper Combats

Chapter 8. Raising Forces

Part II - War, 1642–1646

Chapter 9. Armed Negotiation

Chapter 10. Military Escalation, Loyalty and Honour

Chapter 11. The War of the Three Kingdoms

Chapter 12. Marston Moor

Chapter 13. A Man Not Famous But Notorious

Chapter 14. Naseby and the End of the War

Chapter 15. Winners and Losers

Chapter 16. Remaking the Local Community

Part III - Revolution, 1646–1649

Chapter 17. Post-War Politics

Chapter 18. Military Defeat and Political Survival

Chapter 19. The Army, the People and the Scots

Chapter 20. To Preserve That Which God Hath Manifestly Declared Against

Chapter 21. The Occasioner, Author, and Continuer of the Said Unnatural, Cruel and Bloody Wars

Epilogue: England’s Freedom

Notes and References

Bibliography of Secondary Works

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