Cavalier Capital

Oxford in the English Civil War 1642–1646

John Barratt

Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
58 b/w illustrations, 2 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781910294581
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781914059551
Pages : 184
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Available


"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 a leading authority on the Royalist Armies in the Civil War. Author of over a dozen books on the subject, including Cavaliers the first detailed study of the Royalist forces, and a nuber of campain histories. His latest books with Helion include Rabble of Gentility the story of the Northern Horse, and The Last Battle: The Stow on the Wold Campaign. He lectures regularly on historical subjects and lives in the Welsh Marches, an area rich in history!


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