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The Armies of Sir Ralph Hopton

The Royalist Armies of the West 1642-46

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #62

Author : Laurence Spring

The Armies of Sir Ralph Hopton : The Royalist Armies of the West 1642-46


General - Pages : 220 | Images : 25 b/w illustrations, 9 b/w maps, 8 pages colour plates, numerous tables

Paperback - Date of Publication : December 2020 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781913336516 | Helion Book Code : HEL1277

Nothing sums up the tragedy of the English Civil War more than the friendship between Sir Ralph Hopton and the Parliamentarian general Sir William Waller as “this war without an enemy.” Hopton was one of the first commanders to support the king and helped secure Cornwall for the Royalist cause.

In fact Sir Ralph Hopton commanded three armies during the Civil War; the first was made up of the famous Cornish infantry, which would become the backbone of the Royalist war effort in the West. This army was absorbed into Prince Maurice’s army after the fall of Bristol to the Royalists in July 1643. His second army was raised during the autumn of 1643 and was disbanded to reinforce the King’s Oxford Army after the battle of Cheriton. Finally Hopton commanded the remnants of the Royalist army in the West during the death throes of the cause in 1646.

By using contemporary sources this book describes the life, and death, of a soldier during the Civil War. Chapters include recruitment, clothing, equipping and training of Hopton’s armies as well as his campaigns, including those of Prince Maurice, Sir Richard Grenville and George Lord Goring. It also looks at the divisions within the royalist high command which ultimately lost King Charles the war. It also looks at what happened to these soldiers once the fighting was over. 


"There is a quite amazing amount of research that has gone into this volume, by an expert on the English Civil War. [...] This is another good volume in this fine Helion series." Miniature Wargames


"His nuts and bolts description of the Royalist regiment is useful for readers wanting to peek behind the generalist curtain, and his superior use of limited sources is supported by tables, charts, maps, and some attractive colour plates of soldiers." Wargames Illustrated


".....for players who wish to represent the Royalist army during Hopton's campaigns, the book is invaluable, with chapters dedicated to clothing, arms & armour, and regimental colours, and a limited number of colour plates......highly recommended." Wargames: Soldiers & Strategy Magazine


"....This is an invaluable insight into the workings of the royalist armies of Cornwall and Devon due to its deep level of research....it’s also a good general work on ‘soldiering’ in the period...Those who are pursuing a wider impression civil wars, rather than just people specifically studying the western royalist forces, will find its many observations and findings of interest." Adventures in Historyland

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