'Uncharitable Mischief: Barbarity & Excess In The British Civil Wars' by Charles Singleton
The author of this fine booklet has achieved something quite brilliant.
Firstly he makes it clear that the British Civil War was, like all other
civil wars, extremely brutal. Given the Victorian mythology which has
been caked over the War this is no mean feat. Singleton uses referenced
case studies to show how, after the initial enthusiasm waned post
Edgehill, several areas of the country became the victims of soldiers
who were no more than gangsters.
The second part of the book
looks at the New Model Army's campaign in Ireland. Again this part of
the War is layered with myth and controversy. Singleton does an
excellent job of showing us how the NMA actually operated and that
Oliver was a real person and not a bloodthirsty mass-murderer. It is
often, conveniently, forgotten that Cromwell was under the orders of The
Parliament and worked within the existing Laws of War.
referenced and extremely readable work. I recommend this book as
an excellent introduction to the truth about the BCW.
PS I discovered that this book is also available on The Pike & Shot Society sales page. About half way down.
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