Gloucester's Military Legacy

Christine Jordan

Date Published :
September 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
80 b/w & 30 color illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526707703
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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From the establishment of Gloucester as a Roman colonia, a colony of retired military veterans, the city has held a strategic position, being close to the easiest crossing over the River Severn and into Wales. The Romans began building the city’s defenses, including the city walls and bastions, which were further enhanced by the great warrior Aethelflaed and which would become invaluable in the Siege of Gloucester during the Civil War in 1643. These walls would be destroyed by Charles II as a punishment for the city’s role in the conflict. In the twelfth century, Gloucester’s first motte and bailey castle were built and used by a number of kings as a garrison to prepare attacks against the Welsh and the Irish. The formation of what would become known as ‘The Glorious Glosters’, in 1782, led to a number of notable military campaigns, including the battles of Alexandria, Quatre Bras, the Second Boer War, including the Siege of Ladysmith, both World Wars and the Korean War. Christine’s book will take you on an historic journey, uncovering on the way the city’s military legacy.

About The Author

Christine Jordan is the author of a number of non-fiction books about Gloucester, including Secret Gloucester, Gloucester in 50 Buildings and Cultured Gloucester. She is also the author of an historical novel, City of Secrets, set in Gloucester, and writes children’s books set in Gloucester under a pen name C. J. Gloucester. Through her passion for the city she is involved in a community project called Our Life, which is a celebration of unsung heroes where she writes their life stories. For further information, her website can be found at


This lovely book delves deep into Gloucestershire's military history, describing various campaigns in which the Gloucestershire infantry were involved. A magnificent memoir.

- Books Monthly

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