Cavalier and King of Man

James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby and his role in the British Civil Wars 1642-51

John Callow

The first full length biography of James, 7th Earl of Derby - ‘the Great Stanley' - as nobleman, administrator, warlord, and Royalist martyr.
Date Published :
June 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
23 color ills, 7 b/w ills
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781804510001
Pages : 456
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby was a pivotal figure in the Civil War in Lancashire, between 1642-51, and in governance of North-West of England across a quarter of a Century. As Lord of the Isle of Man, he enjoyed quasi-royal powers and fostered a court culture on the island which expressed itself through poetry, plays, masques and conspicuous display.

A religious visionary and man of letters, he was a supremely gifted peace time administrator who was suddenly thrown into the maelstrom of a civil war for which he was neither prepared nor militarily suited. He was a bright and reflexive nobleman, a man of letters and of imagination; conscious of the need for compromise, who was destroyed through his role in the outbreak of the war in the streets of Manchester in 1642; the massacre of Bolton, in 1644, and by the mistrust and ingratitude of successive Stuart sovereigns.

Triumphing at the battle of Warrington and crushing a Manx rebellion, he tasted bitter defeat at Sabden Brook and Wigan Lane, and was made the scapegoat for the eclipse of the Lancashire Cavaliers. Yet he, more than perhaps anyone, was savior of the Royalist cause after the battle of Worcester, when he spirited the fugitive King Charles II to Boscobel Hall. Incredibly, ‘the Great Stanley’ has had no biographer until now. This book reveals him in his all glory and tragedy as Cavalier and Lord of Man.

About The Author

John Callow has written widely on the culture, warfare and politics of the Seventeenth Century, and on the history of the Isle of Man. His books include: Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe (co-authored with Geoffrey Scarre); James II – King in Exile; and Embracing the Darkness – a Cultural History of Witchcraft. His account of the Isle of Man in the Civil War appeared in England’s Fortress: New Perspectives on Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax. He is currently a Visiting Tutor at the University of Suffolk.

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