The Campaigns of Sir William Waller, 1642-1645

Laurence Spring

Nothing sums up the tragedy of the English Civil War more than the friendship between Sir William Waller and his opponent Sir Ralph Hoptonas "this war without an enemy.”However, he was also a general respected by both sides during the war, the Royalist Colonel Walter Slingsby described him as "the fox” and the "best shifter and chooser of ground wh
Date Published :
October 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c 50 color & b/w ills
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912866564
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
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Overview
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Nothing sums up the tragedy of the English Civil War more than the friendship between Sir William Waller and his opponent Sir Ralph Hopton as “this war without an enemy.”However, Waller was also a general respected by both sides during the war, the Royalist Colonel Walter Slingsby described him as “the fox” and the “best shifter and chooser of ground when he was not master of the field.” The Parliamentarian John Vicars in his England’s Worthies published in 1647 refers to Waller as “one of the most impregnable offensive and defensive walls of the kingdom.” His victories in 1642 and early 1643 earned him the nickname of “William the Conqueror,” and due to his tactics of marching by night to surprise his enemy, the “Night Owl.”It was Waller who also first mentioned the need for the formation of the New Model Army.

Using contemporary accounts to describe events, this book looks at Waller’s campaigns from the siege of Portsmouth in June 1642 to April 1645 when his army was disbanded. It includeshis victories in the West in 1643, the raising of a new army in August 1643, the sieges of Basing House and Arundel Castle along with the defence of Farnham and the storming of Alton. Also included is Waller’s many battles including Lansdown, Roundway Down, Cheriton, Cropredy Bridge, and the Second Battle of Newbury.

The book also covers the logistics of putting Waller’s Army into the field, including clothing, arms, and taxation as well as the tension between Waller and the Earl of Essex.

About The Author
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Laurence Spring studied at the Universities of London and Aberystwyth. He is also a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre. He has researched the early seventeenth century for many years and has written on various aspects of the English Civil War. He has also written many books on the Russian Army during the Napoleonic Wars as well as several articles for the “Surrey in the Great War” website. Since he has an archival background he prefers to search through archives looking for various interesting facts for his books, rather than relying on printed sources, which give a vivid insight to the subject and are not mentioned in secondary sources. Using this method, he has found evidence that contradicts the established ‘facts’ on many subjects.

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