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In the Midst of the Kingdom

The Royalist War Effort in the North Midlands, 1642-1646

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #66

Author : Martyn Bennett

In the Midst of the Kingdom : The Royalist War Effort in the North Midlands, 1642-1646


General - Pages : 290 | Images : 8 b/w illustrations, 9 b/w maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : March 2021 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781913118891 | Helion Book Code : HEL1216

This book is the first study to reassess the nature of the royalist cause in the North midland counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire Rutland and Staffordshire during the first civil war (1642-1646). Previous accounts of the war in the region have been heavily dependent on parliamentarian accounts, which were not written in order to create a thorough narrative of the war, but to demonise the royalists and their cause. The resultant image created by the hostile accounts was a war of confusing, rapine and disorder. Examination of a wider range of information showed that, by contrast, the royalists had a regional command structure which thoroughly exploited, at times, the resources of the region to fund their war effort. However, there were several problems within that war effort. Command was subject to internal rivalries and the interference of the king. Moreover the higher levels of command in the royalist cause created problems for the royalist commander Lord Loughborough, as his region was divided between different commanders at several points in the war. These conflicts are explored in this book.


"......Overall it’s a very well researched study of the regional aspect of the Civil War, presenting both fighting sides through the perspective of the officials and officers that led the war effort. It’s a very interesting addition to ECW-related part of the ‘Century of the Soldier 1618-1721’ series, especially considering that it focuses more on social and political aspects of the leading groups, both from the royalist and parliamentarian side." Michał Paradowski

"This book is excellently researched by the author Professor Martyn Bennett and contains an incredible amount of information regarding the Royalist units and their officers, where there fought, etc and there are details of actions where the Army were including dates and movements. A very detailed and concise analysis which is very welcome for anyone interested in the period. This book from Helion's Century of the Soldier stable was a pleasure to read and gave an insight into how the North Midlands Royalists conducted themselves. There are maps and black and white illustrations to support the incredible information which is provided and I would recommend it for anyone interested in the English Civil War or for local history of the North Midlands." Rob Anderson

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