The first in-depth look at the Arundel Campaign, one of the forgotten
episodes of the English Civil War
1642. War between King Charles 1 and
parliament had become inevitable. Throughout 1642 and 1643, the king and
parliament contended for ground in the West and South of England, and many
towns in strategic locations were subjected to full-scale battle and siege.
Arundel was one of these.
Between Autumn 1642 and January 1644,
Arundel Castle changed hands four times. The book takes the reader back to that
age, summarising the causes of the Civil War, looking at past and present
Arundel and introducing the main characters of the Arundel Campaign - among
them two former friends and now opposing Generals: Sir Ralph Hopton, ardent
royalist, and Sir William Waller, the committed parliamentarian. The most
gripping part of the story is the final contest for possession of the castle
and its subsequent defeat which has had considerable consequences, both locally
at War is a lively piece of historical
detective work which takes the reader into the heart of the action, presenting
an enthralling story of combat, courage and endurance. Thanks to the many
visual aids provided such as colour photographs and early engravings, the
reader is able to better visualise the action. This is a fresh, well-researched
account of an episode that is typically dismissed in a few paragraphs but which
deserves better recognition.