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The English Civil War by Diane Purkiss
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Apr 27, 12

really liked it
Read from April 22 to 27, 2012

The English Civil War is the most underrated occurrence in British history; even the major battlefields are poorly marked and signposted. And yet this remarkable war amongst ourselves changed forever how this island of ours ruled their affairs.
Of course there are countless books running through the battles and reasons, but this book goes deeper into the psyche of the real people - the ones who fought, the ones who remained behind to be savaged by both armies, the ones who battled for a real revolution of ideas and how classes should be tolerated or removed forever. Amidst the trauma of religious divides, the choice between King or Parliament, the curse of the Witchfinder General rises up to add to the mix.
If you want a peep through the keyhole at Britian in this 17th century maelstrom, take a peep through Diane Purkiss' novel. It's a 600 pages that doesn't read easy at times but take the time anyway - it's a real eye-opener.
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