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Osprey Campaign 82 : Edgehill 1642 : First Battle of the English Civil War

The battle of Edgehill was the first major clash of the English Civil Wars. In 1642 both Royalists and Parliamentarians expected that one great contest of arms would see the crushing of their enemies. When their field armies blundered into contact on the evening of 22 October 1642, Prince Rupert urged King Charles to array his army on the great ridge of Edgehill and give battle. The next day, amidst abject cowardice and absolute courage, the tide of battle swept Rupert's cavalry to triumph, but saw victory snatched away as the Royalist infantry was hurled back by the defiant Parliamentarians. The chance for decisive victory was lost and the bloody civil war raged on. Text by John Tincey and Keith Roberts with illustrations by Graham Turner.

    Contents
  • Origins of the Campaign
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Armies
  • Opposing Plans
  • The Campaign and Battle
  • Aftermath
  • Chronology
  • Bibliography
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Index

 

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