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CIVIL WAR IN YORKSHIRE: Fairfax versus Newcastle
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Amid the mutinous conflicts of the Civil War in the 17th century, a bloody battle raged in Yorkshire to claim the North. Between December 1642 and July 1644, Lord Fairfax and his army fought for parliament while the Earl of Newcastle and his army fought for King Charles I. Cooke provides a thorough telling of the Battle of Marston Moor, the 'biggest and bloodiest battle of the Civil Wars'. He gives full attention to other encounters such as the Battle at Adwalton Moor which caused immense fear in parliament, and the storming of Wakefield where Lord Fairfax led his troops to take a town held by twice the number of his own forces, capturing a larger number of prisoners than they had men in their attacking company. Cooke depicts the defence of towns, military assaults, and even an encounter battle in which two rival armies, unaware of each other's presence, blundered across each other's paths and conflict ensued. Military tactics such as open field standard deployment with foot soldiers and cavalry, and the Dutch system incorporating pikemen between two flanks. From a mine being blown early at Walmgate Bar due to flooding, to the mysterious word-of-mouth messages passed from Prince Rupert to his troops which tantalise historians to this day as there remains no record of what was said, admire the theatrics of battle including one of Newcastle's regiments called 'Lambs' clothed in white woollen cloth. Includes writing from both Fairfax and Newcastle, as well as the Duchess of Newcastle, a report from the Rider, and John Rushworth, a Secretary in Parliament. The use of photographs of locations also allows readers to see the Civil War events translated into our 21st century world including shots of King's Manor and the Minster in York, a re-enactment of a foot regiment amid the fog of war, and panoramas of fields where battles took place such as the sites of Marton Moor and Adwalton Moor. Includes a map of Scarborough from Thomas Jeffrey's 'The County of York Survey'd, 1775' and diagrams showing the direction of action such as the movement of forces storming Selby in April 1644. 'Battlefield Walks', from the Battle of Tadcaster to Marston Moor, suggest specific walks through Leeds, Wakefield, Adwalton Moor, Selby and King's Manor. Paperback, maps and many black and white images, 192pp.

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