Discover the history behind the facts
The English Civil War pitted Parliament against the crown following the break down in their relationship, ultimately caused by a struggle over power, religion and control. The Civil War split the country and resulted in the execution of King Charles I and the exile of his son, and the English monarchy was replaced first by the Commonwealth of England and then the Protectorate. Oliver Cromwell dominated the politics of the new rule and still divides opinion today, with some seeing him as a brutal dictator and others seeing him as a hero of liberty.
The English Civil War in 100 Facts examines the twenty years if intermittent warfare, covering the first, second and third wars, from the initial conflict with Charles I to the fight of Charles II’s supporters with the Rump Parliament.
Dr Andrew Lacey guides us through some of the key figures and their stories as well as some key battles and politics in the period that drastically altered the structure of English rule