REPRINT - The Sieges of Newark
Sales of our book on the Sieges of Newark in the English Civil War have been so high that we have had to reprint the book to keep up with demand.
A book dedicated to the four sieges of Newark during the English Civil
War, the last of which marked the collapse of Royalist power in the
In 1642 King Charles I summoned Newark to support him,
which it did with men, money and munitions. The city and castle where
thereafter a loyal bastion of Royalist support on the edge of
Parliamentarian territory. A roundhead attackin 1643 was driven off, as
was a desultory siege in 1644. In 1645 the Roundheads arrived in large
numbers, with heavy cannon and great determination. The Royalist
garrison fougth back with imagination and courage, turning this into a
text book example of 17th century seigework. After seven months garrison
surrendered, ending Royalist hopes in this area of England.
book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles
series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined,
then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given
with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis
then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today.
Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the
battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then
Chapter 1 The English Civil War
Chapter 2 Siege Warfare in the Civil War
Chapter 3 The First Sieges of Newark
Chapter 4 The Great Siege of Newark
Chapter 5 Aftermath
About the Author
Matthews has written over 180 books, mostly on history or military
subjects for a wide variety of publishers. He has made a particular
study of English battlefields, having walked across dozens of them,
handled replica weapons and studied dozens of contemporary accounts.
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