Canon Played the Great Fort

Sieges in the Severn Valley during the English Civil War 1642-1646

Richard Israel

This book examines through historical and archaeological research the sieges of Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury during the First Civil War (1642-1646).
Date Published :
February 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
43 b/w photographs & illustrations, 10 b/w maps, 4 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336509
Pages : 166
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Available


The battlefields of Edgehill, Newbury, and Marston Moor are superlatives with the middle of the 17th-century conflict known as the English Civil War, and while their importance to the conflict is undeniable, they detract from the power struggle that occurred between the Royalists and Parliamentarians in the towns and cities throughout the land. This power struggle culminated in the construction of siege batteries and fortifications. Focusing on the Severn Valley region of England, this book examines, through archaeological, topographic, cartographic and historical research, the sieges of Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Bridgnorth, and Shrewsbury, demonstrating how siege techniques and this style of warfare impacted on the outcome of the conflict that set brother against brother and father against son.

About The Author

Richard Israel has completed a BA(Hons) in Archaeology, a Masters in Landscape Archaeology, and an MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Bristol. Specialising in landscape archaeology and fortifications, he is a Practitioner member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and has conducted archaeological excavations at English Civil War sites of Brandon Hill and the Royal Fort in Bristol.


" important addition to the study of the English Civil War."

- Wargames Illustrated

"…with his experience as a landscape archaeologist and his eye for the local geography, the author brings a valuable new perspective to the study of these sieges. His local knowledge extends the book’s appeal to those who are looking for a guide to the fortifications in their hometowns."

- Battlefield Magazine

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