The Battle Of Montgomery, 1644

The English Civil War In The Welsh Borderlands

Jonathan Worton

Date Published :
January 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
42 color & b/w ills & maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911096238
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Available


Reflecting on the Battle of Montgomery, Sir Thomas Myddelton - who had jointly commanded the victorious Parliamentarian Army - later described it as: 'as great a victory as hath been gained in any part of the kingdom'. Fought on 18 September 1644 in mid-Wales, Montgomery was the largest engagement in the Principality during the First English Civil War of 1642 to 1646. In terms of numbers engaged, in its outcome and impact, it was also a particularly significant regional battle of the war. Notwithstanding its importance, historians have largely overlooked Montgomery. Consequently, it is rarely mentioned in studies of the mid-17th century British Civil Wars. Moreover, where attention has been accorded to the battle and the preceding campaign, both have often been sketched over or misinterpreted. To fully explain the course and context of events, The Battle of Montgomery, 1644: The English Civil War in the Welsh Borderlands therefore presents the most detailed reconstruction and interpretation of this important battle published to date. An addition to Helion & Company's 'Century of the Soldier' series, comprising titles breaking new ground in exploring 17th-century military history, The Battle of Montgomery, 1644 similarly adopts a fresh approach. Making extensive use of contemporary sources - many of which are referenced here for the first time - the campaign, the armies and their commanders are fully considered before the battle is investigated; here, because the site has not been certainly located, the author uses fieldwork and archival information to propose the most likely battlefield before examining the course of the engagement in the context of contemporary tactics and weaponry. While the battle is the main subject, The Battle of Montgomery, 1644 also considers the wider war in Northerly Wales and the North-West and West Midlands of England - a region that remains underrepresented in Civil War historiography. Extensively illustrated, including specially commissioned artwork, The Battle of Montgomery, 1644 will be welcomed by readers interested in the history of the British Civil Wars; by living history enthusiasts of the period; by wargamers and model makers; and by those curious about the history of Wales and the English borderlands.

About The Author

Dr Jonathan Worton has a lifelong and wide-ranging interest in Military History. In studying for the PhD from which this book is derived, he explored in particular military and social aspects of the English Civil Wars in the borderlands of Wales. He has lectured on aspects of the period on educational programmes and to various organisations, and has had several articles published. He has acted as an advisor and co-curator on heritage projects and is currently an independent researcher, speaker, writer and educator. Prior to achieving a Masters Degree in Military History - setting him on a fresh career path - Jonathan spent 20 years in industry as a marketing, publicity and graphic design professional. He lives with his family in Shropshire.


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