The Royalist war effort in the North Midlands


Martyn Bennett

The book both creates a new and complete narrative of the war in the region, and analyses the administrative structures of the rivals. It also analyses the command structure and regiments under the command of Henry Hastings, Lord Loughborough.
Publication date:
September 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
6-8 maps
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ISBN : 9781913118891

Dimensions : 248 X 180 mm
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• This is the first in-depth study of the royalist war effort in the North Midlands
• The book argues that the royalists were every but as efficient at managing resources as their enemies
• The book analyses the social status of t=royalist commanders and administrators and argues that they were from diverse backgrounds and included men on the make who would not have been content to return to their pre-war lives if they had won the war
• The book also argues that there inherent flaws in the royalist command structure which helped doom the cause

This book is the first study to reassess the nature of the royalist cause in the North midland counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire Rutland and Staffordshire during the first civil war (1642-1646). Previous accounts of the war in the region have been heavily dependent on parliamentarian accounts, which were not written in order to create a thorough narrative of the war, but to demonise the royalists and their cause. The resultant image created by the hostile accounts was a war of confusing, rapine and disorder. Examination of a wider range of information showed that by contrast the royalists had a regional command structure which exploited thoroughly at times the resources of the region to fund their war effort. However, there were several problems within that war effort. Command was subject to internal rivalries and the interference of the king. Moreover the higher levels of command in the royalist cause created problems for the royalist commander Lord Loughborough, as his region was divided between different commanders at several points in the war. These conflicts are explored in this book.