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The story of the battle of Turnham Green and how 'the sack of London' was prevented by Londoners. As Charles I's army marched on the capital in the autumn of 1642, Nehemiah Wallington, a wood-turner living near London Bridge, wrote in his journal, 'those cruel cavilers doe so plonder & pillage & commit Rapin & use such cruelty that the poore people are caused tThe story of the battle of Turnham Green and how 'the sack of London' was prevented by Londoners. As Charles I's army marched on the capital in the autumn of 1642, Nehemiah Wallington, a wood-turner living near London Bridge, wrote in his journal, 'those cruel cavilers doe so plonder & pillage & commit Rapin & use such cruelty that the poore people are caused to fly from house and home to save their children'. Most Londoners shared his fears that city would be pillaged and burnt by the king's supporters, who had been vilified in the London press and from the pulpits. Londoners had willingly joined the Earl of Essex's army that summer but had failed to stop the advance of the king's army. The capture and sack of Brentford, so close to their city, confirmed their worst fears, for their own safety and that of their families. London would be next. At Turnham Green the Civil War that had pitched Englishman against Englishman came to London. On 13 November thousands of volunteers streamed out of the city to join the army and the most ferocious battle in London's long history began. The outcome would mark a turning point in the conflict that had split the nation....

Title : The Battle for London
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ISBN : 9781445605746
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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  • Anton Tomsinov
    2019-03-17 12:28

    A welcome study of an unexplored turning point in the first year of the English Civil War. I’ve always been interested, why His Royal Highness didn’t attack London and crushed the Revolt once and for all? And this book convincingly explains, how he tried but failed at this. But be aware, that this is a most detailed narrative of all events, from the quarrels leading to the war to the retreat of King’s army from Turnham Green, step by step. Expect to find not only description of the battle in title, but also of all preceding moves for turning political issues into bloody battles.

  • Peter Dunn
    2019-03-14 12:40

    An interesting work in that it filled in a gap in my English Civil War knowledge. I had not really heard of the “Battle” of Turnham Green before, and this episode, and the build up to it, explained to me Charles’s failure to retake London and much of what laid behind the early military strategy of both sides in the conflict. My only complaint is that the book did seem rather on the thin side – though it did cover all that it set out to do.