`The Furie of the Ordnance’
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272 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

28 b/w. 10 line. Illustrations

Series: Armour and Weapons

Imprint: Boydell Press

`The Furie of the Ordnance'

Artillery in the English Civil Wars

by Stephen Bull

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Shows how new developments in guns and artillery played a decisive role in the English Civil War.
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The English Civil War has frequently been depicted as a struggle between Cavaliers and Roundheads in which technology played little part. The first-hand sources now tell us that this romantic picture is deeply flawed - revealing a reality of gunpowder, artillery, and a grinding struggle of siege and starvation.

As with naval warfare, developments in gun technology drastically changed land warfare in the years leading up to 1642. The Civil War was itself shaped largely by the availability of munitions. A failure to procure them in 1643 and 1644 - combined with abortive attempts on London - ultimately proved the downfall of the Royalists. Moreover afinal move away from fortified local garrisons reshaped both the nature of warfare in England, and the country itself.

STEPHEN BULL is Curator of Military History and Archaeology, Lancashire Museums.
Introduction
Of Guns and Gunners
`England's Vulcan': Artillery Supply Under the Early Stuarts
A Scramble for Arms - the War of Ordnance Logistics
Artillery Fortifications
Artillery and Sieges
Battle
Conclusions
"Required reading for early modern industrial and military historians." SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEWS
"An excellent contribution to the study of the English Civil War, and early modern warfare in general, and will almost certainly become a standard reference for historians of both." JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH
"The book brings together the technical, the military, the industrial and the strategic, to provide a rounded account of a fascinating subject. It also acts as a powerful statement of the importance of military history in making sense of the bigger picture." CROMWELLIANA
"Scholars of British military history and weapon development will appreciate the detailed maps, chronology and extensive appendices." SCITECH BOOKS
"An important book, which questions many assumptions and should make its author very proud." JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY
"An excellently researched and well-written book with clearly explained argument and supporting evidence." Philip A. Magrath, (Curator of Artillery, Royal Armouries), CASEMATE

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Title Details

272 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

28 b/w. 10 line. Illustrations

Series: Armour and Weapons

Imprint: Boydell Press