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THE CITY HORSE: London's Militia Cavalry During the English Civil War -- 1642-1660

THE CITY HORSE: London's Militia Cavalry During the English Civil War -- 1642-1660
by Sutton, Paul


Details the raising, equipping, maintenance, and deployment of numerous militia and auxiliary cavalry formations -- collectively called the City Horse -- were raised in and around the City of London at the behest of Parliament for the English Civil War. Analyses how effective they were in the war by following their baptism of fire at Winchester in 1642, the main campaigns of 1643 and 1644, and through to their peripheral role in the Parliamentary victory in 1645/46.

Then describes the important role they played during the heady summer of 1647 as the New Model Army marched on the nation's capital to seek redress, as well as the part they played in the political turmoil in London during the Second Civil War in 1648. Further describes their reorganization under the Commonwealth, their participation at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, how some of the senior officers sought to prolong the English Republic and finally, how the City Horse welcomed the entry of Charles II into London in 1660. Uniquely amongst the units raised during the wars, the City Horse served throughout the conflict. Includes two color illustrations, 11 maps, and five tables.

Demonstrates how political imperatives created and molded this body of troops and how it was used as a pawn in the greater game of chess that was the English Revolution. It is a story of zealous political and religious individuals, of greed, avarice, treachery and naked ambition. It is a story of individuals, brought together by the political maelstrom of their times and how they endeavored to do what they considered to be right. Recounts bravery and also not a small amount of cowardice.

1 vol, 344 pgs 2023 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available mid June 2023 ......$60.00 inc

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