Crown, Covenant and Cromwell - The Civil Wars in Scotland 1639-1651, by Stuart Reid
Published by Fonthill Media in 2012, 240 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N5009PE)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: This book is an important new military history of the Great Civil War or rather the last Anglo-Scottish War as it was fought in Scotland and by Scottish armies in England between 1639 and 1651. While the politics of the time are necessarily touched upon, determining just how a battle was won or lost is often just as important as unravelling the underlying reasons why it came to be fought in the first place or the consequences that followed. Here, Stuart Reid, one of Scotland's leading military historians, brings the campaigns and battles of those far-off unhappy times to life in a fast-paced and authoritative narrative as never before.
In doing so he exposes the very human story of those armies and the men who marched in them. Due attention is paid to the actions of the generals in whose name many battles were won or lost including Alexander Leslie, the illiterate soldier of fortune who became Earl of Leven, James Graham, Marquis of Montrose and of course Oliver Cromwell, the fenland farmer and Lord Protector of England. However, Reid also examines the extraordinary stories – from the heroic and tragic, to the cowardly and the absurd – of many of the ordinary men taking part in the fighting.
This book sheds welcome new light on what to many are very obscure corners of the Civil Wars and will be essential reading for students of the period.