Cavalier Capital

Oxford in the English Civil War 1642–1646

John Barratt

Date Published :
June 2015
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
58 b/w illustrations, 2 maps
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ISBN : 9781910294581
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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"Cavalier Capital", the first detailed account of Oxford's role as "Royalist capital" to appear for almost three-quarters of a century, examines all aspects of Oxford's experience in the English Civil War. As well as the effects on the town and university, special emphasis is placed on the various aspects of the Royalist occupation, including its role as a major manufacturing center of munitions and armory. The King's court and the operation of Royalist government and administration are examined, as are the organization and life of the soldiers of the garrison. Leading personalities are described, as well as the military campaigns which were focused on Oxford during the war. The final siege leading to the fall of Oxford is also described. The book makes full use of both contemporary and modern accounts, and research, and is copiously illustrated with contemporary and modern illustrations.

About The Author

John Barratt is one of the leading historians of the English Civil Wars. His principal publications include Cavaliers: the Royalist Army at War, 1642-46, The Battle for York: Marston Moor 1644, The Great Siege of Chester and The First Battle of Newbury, 1643 and Cavalier Generals: King Charles I and His Commanders in the English Civil War, 1642-51.


‘…a concise, easily digestible read. … a solid addition for anyone with furthered interest in the subject'

- History of War 18, July 2015

" … an effective marshalling of sources and relatively new research to give an overall account of events …”

- Cromwelliana, October 2016

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