Cromwell Hath the Honour But..., Major-General Lambert's Campaigns in the North, 1648, by PR Hill and JM Watkinson
Published by Frontline in 2012, 216 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N5238)
This book is an excellent military history of John Lambert and his campaigns in the North of England during the English Civil War. Lambert became an important figure in the Parliamentarian army during the conflict, and first saw action at Tadcaster in 1642. Within a year he was promoted to Colonel - andby the age of 28 he had attained the rank of Major General!
From the front inside fly leaf: Much has been written about the first Civil War and the triumphs of Oliver Cromwell. Less is known, however, of the skirmishes of the second Civil War, especially in the north, or of the role and military prowess of the excellent young Parliamentarian commander Major-General John Lambert.
Not only was Lambert a brilliant general who demonstrated exceptional tactical skills but he was also a brave and humane leader who was well liked by his men and merciful to his captured enemies, refusing to undertake the harsh actions indulged in by Cromwell.
This carefully researched and highly readable new account re-examines contemporary sources to shed new light on Lambert's decisive northern campaign of 1648–1649. Remarkably detailed and supported by maps and photographs, this is an important source for the general reader and military historian alike.