/ Lead title / Includes PS Section A remarkable popular history of the English Civil War, from the perspectives of those involved in this most significant turning point in British history. / A fascinating and insightful account of one of history's most popular periods, based on the experiences and records of the ordinary men and women who survived the uphevel and tragedy. / 'The English Civil War' was widely reviewed and promoted -- the paperback edition will be backed by an additional marketing and publicity campaign.
Diane Purkiss is fellow and tutor at Keble College, Oxford. She was formerly Professor of English at Exeter University. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Witch in History and Troublesome Things: A History of Fairies and Fairy Stories. She is currently working on a history of British food to be published in 2009.
'Rich, vivid and passionate!a moving, lyrical and principled piece of writing!Purkiss has a gift for evocation!the battles of Edgehill and Newbury are thrillingly staged.' The Independent 'Diane Purkiss's study of the English civil war is a rich one. For it is here!that you begin to get close to what it would have been like to live through the nine momentous years from 1640 to 1649!it would be hard to imagine anything more irresistible than this rich layer cake of a book, crammed with the stories and the voices that make history human.' The Guardian 'Purkiss has an eye for the narrative vignette that can illuminate the age.' Sunday Times 'Her vivid descriptions of the key battles at Marston Moor and Naseby are shocking and terrifying in their graphic detail of the suffering inflicted by canon, musket and pike!"The English Civil War" is a substantial book, elegantly written, meticulous in its detail and scrupulous in the sympathetic attention it pays to the voices it records.' Literary Review 'Light in touch, though grounded in an enormous wealth of documentary material this "people's history" shows how England's men and women coped with quite extraordinary times.' The Scotsman 'Worthy and engaging, full of entertaining nuggests.' Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph