A New Way of Fighting: Professionalism in the English Civil War

Proceedings of the 2016 Helion and Company 'Century of the Soldier' Conference

Examines professionalism in the armed forces of the British Isles during the English Civil War period.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Editor :
Serena Jones
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c 10 ills & maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512615
Pages : 122
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


The theme of the 2016 Conference was 'Professionalism'.

War quickens the pace of military and technological change, and the increasing pace and scope of European warfare during the 16th and 17th centuries prepared the ground for the professional military forces we are familiar with today. The speakers at Helion & Company’s second annual English Civil War Conference examined a broad range of subjects relating to the increasing professionalization of military bodies and their personnel throughout the 17th century.

Using the Royalist colonel Sir George Lisle as a case study, Serena Jones addresses the concept of a 'professional officer' - exploring whether such a figure existed in the mid-17th century and whether the term itself can be legitimately applied to Lisle and his contemporaries. Stephen Ede-Borrett uses soldiers’ personal information found in late-17th century 'Deserters’ Notices' in The London Gazette to offer insights into the composition of England’s early standing army. Professor Malcolm Wanklyn looks towards the Restoration and examines how the internal dynamics of the New Model Army during the Commonwealth period may have contributed to its failure to prevent the return of the monarchy in 1660. John Barratt focuses on the Royalist 'Northern Horse' during the first English Civil War and assesses how the personal qualities and characteristics of its officers and men contributed to its effectiveness in the field. Andrew Robertshaw examines how the pre-Civil War military experience of the officers of Marmaduke Rawdon’s 'London Regiment' contributed to its performance at Basing House and Faringdon Garrison. Dr Jonathan Worton uses the Battle of Montgomery in 1644 to consider the structures and effectiveness of contemporary High Command on both sides. Peter Leadbetter looks back to the early part of the century to examine the men who comprised the pre-Civil War county-trained bands and if (or how) they later participated in the Civil Wars. Finally, Simon Marsh examines the career of James Wemyss and demonstrates how his experiments in artillery technology extended far further than creating the leather guns for which he is best known.

About The Author

Serena Jones spent many years as an English Civil War reenactor before earning a BA Honours in History as a mature student, and then starting her own publishing company to make primary 17th century texts available for modern researchers. Serena is the author of No Armour But Courage: Colonel Sir George Lisle, 1615–1648, and edited the previous two volumes of the Helion conference papers: A New Way of Fighting: Professionalism in the English Civil War, and Home and Away: The British Experience of War 1618-1721. She is currently transcribing and annotating the Civil War newsbooks, and preparing a book on the Battle of Cheriton.


"This volume certainly adds to the growing literature on the history of the formative capabilities and development of the British Army, and is also a solid contribution to the study of the English Civil War."

- Society of Army Historical Research

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