The Bravest Battell

Cheriton 1644 and the end of the Royalist winter campaign in Hampshire

Serena Jones

A re-examination of the decisive defeat of the Royalists at the Battle of Cheriton in March 1644, using both contemporary 17th century sources and insights gleaned from 21st century investigative technology.
Date Published :
January 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
8 color plates, 10 b/w ills, 5 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912390977
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


The battle of Cheriton, in March 1644, was a decisive yet unexpected defeat for the Hampshire detachment of King Charles’s ‘Oxford Army.' Despite starting the day in a strong position on high ground, by the end of it the Royalists had been decisively routed and had fled north towards Basing House, Oxford, and Reading. Charles had intended that in 1644 he would threaten the Parliament’s strongholds in London and the southeast, but after Cheriton he found himself on the back foot and fighting to keep Oxford – and indeed himself – from the dual clutches of Sir William Waller and the Earl of Essex. In this book Serena Jones reexamines the battle by revisiting in detail the numerous contemporary sources such as memoirs and printed newsbooks, and for the first time using drone images to view a critical section of the battlefield from above.

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.

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