The Last Army

The Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold and the end of the Civil War in the Welsh Marches 1646

John Barratt

Jacob Lord Astley and the Stow on gthe Wold Campaign, 1646, a nd the end of the Civil War in the Welsh Marches.
Date Published :
August 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c 30 ills incl. color artwork, maps, contemporary prints, portraits & modern photos
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ISBN : 9781912390212
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 7 X 9.75 inches
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Although the Battle of Naseby (14 June 1645) is generally regarded as the decisive action of the First Civil War, dooming the Royalist cause to inevitable defeat, fierce fighting continued for over a year, including several pitched battles and numerous sieges.

By the end of 1645, with his forces crumbling and his territory shrinking, King Charles' hopes were increasingly dependent on the Royalist heartland of the Welsh Marches and the tiny field army which Jacob Lord Astley was struggling to muster there.

This book describes the often dramatic preliminaries to this and sets in context Astley's campaign which ended on 21 March 1646 with his defeat at Stow-on-the-Wold – the last pitched battle of the First Civil War, together with the last stand of the royalist garrisons in the Marches.

This book, making comprehensive use of both Royalist and Parliamentarian sources, will be the first complete detailed study of these events which finally doomed Royalist hopes in the First Civil War. It will be of interest to military and local historians, the general reader, re-enactors, wargamers and modelers.

About The Author

John Barratt is a recognised leading authority on the Royalist forces in the Civil War, and has written a large number of books on different aspects of the war .They include : “Cavaliers : the Royalist Army at War”, studies of the battles of Marston Moor and First Newbury, the Dunes (1658) and Oxford in the Civil War. He lectures regularly at venues such as the Helion Century of the Soldier Conferences and at other even ts dealing with the Civil War and the history of the Welsh Marches.


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