Read it a while back. Worsley is an entertaining writer. It's lightweight academically, but a lot of fun.
I've always enjoyed her TV work.
Lightweight? It struck me as being exhaustively researched. The bibliography is enough to turn one faint.
I have to read heavyweight academic stuff where the biblios run almost to a seperate volume! I tend to read Lucy Worsley for fun because she's not a grinding, tedious writer like some academics I could name.
Exactly. She informs and she entertains and she brings her subjects to life.
Funnily enough, I just bought a book entitled "Reprobates, The Cavaliers of the English Civil War" so I am sure I will run across Cavendish in due course (page 163 apparently).
He's admirable and infuriating by turns. Part Errol Flynn, part Benny Hill,
Have you ever been to Bolsover Castle?
To Bamburgh Castle and Bodiam Castle, yes, but not Bolsover. Will go on my wish list.
Bolsover beats Bodiam in my book because it has intact rooms with wonderfully peculiar 17th century murals.
This one is also a lot of fun. Dubious lot, Charles's army!
I get the impression that the uselessness of Charles's generals had a lot to do with him losing the war. Putting a chap in charge of your army just because he's a Marquis is really poor strategy.
William Cavendish's soldiers mutinied on the eve of the battle of Marston Moor because he hadn't paid them.
Troops not getting paid is an issue throughout early modern warfare.
That said, Thomas Fairfax was an aristo and Fairfax was good (even if Essex wasn't).Charles had Rupert and Rupert was a surprisingly good cavalry general, especially as, contrary to popular belief, he'd had very little military experience before fetching up to help his Uncle.
When Charles fell out with Rupert after the Second Siege of Bristol, he was doomed- even if Marston Moor and Naseby were terminal, in truth.
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I'm guessing Fairfax got his generalship because he was good and not because of his position in the hierarchy.
And then there's Cromwell. Someone like him- an untitled country gentleman- would never have been given a top job under Charles.
Good and experienced with Swedish troops in the Thirty Years' war.
Cromwell what that rare thing- a natural general.
My own fave is the parliamentarian siegemaster, Thomas Rainborowe (who some people will insist is spelled Rainsborough).
Edited at 2013-08-03 08:36 am (UTC)
Rainborowe is a far superior spelling.
It's also how he signed his name and that's good enough for me! :o)
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Oh, I am very fond of that book! It made me want to go to time travel so I could meet Margaret.
I read her SF book- the name of which escapes me at the moment- and it's very, very strange.