The English Civil War

The English Civil War is one of those strange eras of England’s history. Like the period involving King John and the Magna Carta or beliefs in the existence of a historical Robin Hood, it is generally defined by assumptions of what happened as opposed to what took place.

The term ‘English Civil War’ encompasses a sequence of major conflicts that occurred in England, 1642–6, 1648–9, and finally 1649–51. The background of the war is in many ways, just as important as the outcome. Also explored are the lives of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell and their impact on the Civil War.