Newbury, The Battles of

Christopher L Scott, with a foreword by Richard Holmes. (Pen and Sword Military, 2008) 177pp, ISBN 184415670-2.

King Charles I and Parliament fought at Newbury in 1643 and in 1644, at Wash Common and Shaw respectively. Each time the fate of England hung in the balance. This account is illustrated with detailed maps and numerous, well-captioned photographs, some overlaid with large white arrows showing troop movements and today’s landscape in relationto each battle. As an experienced battlefield walker, the author guides readers round the modern streets to trace the original skirmishes and what happened in what location. Recommended particularly to those interested in Newbury’s local history, the Civil War and battlefield history.

Jean Debney

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