The Somerset town of Yeovil is today a busy bustling and prosperous place. Back in 1642 it was smaller, but was still prosperous enough to attract the attentions of both Roundhead and Cavalier armies eager to raise money and men for their sides. It became a focus for a battle fought as part of the English Civil War between Royalist Cavaliers loyal to King Charles I and Parliamentarian Roundheads.
The battle fought here was one of the very first clashes of the English Civil War, taking place just days after King Charles raised the Royal Standard and summoned all loyal Englishmen to his army. Both sides fielded forces that were relatively untrained and very inexperienced, but they were keen to get to grips with the enemy, so the battle was fought with a ferocity not seen in England for a century and a half.
This book brings an exciting new look to the English Civil War. The course of the campaign is given, but the emphasis is on the Battle itself and the men who fought there. There are analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies, and a study of the commanders. The course of the battle is followed with explanation of how it relates to the ground today. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described.
The “Bretwalda Battles” series has been running with increasing success as printed books and as ebooks for five years.
Chapter 1 - Yeovil
Chapter 2 - the English Civil War
Chapter 3 - Cavalry in the Civil War
Chapter 4 - The Commanders at Yeovil
Chapter 5 - The Battle of Yeovil
Chapter 6 - Aftermath
Chapter 7 - The Battlefield Today
About the Author
Leonard James is an author of military books. He comes from a military family that has fought in every major war since at least the Crimean War, and probably before that. His forebears were mostly cavalrymen, though his father served in the RAF. Leonard has made a particular study of battlefields in Britain, walking over dozens of them to get an eye for ground. He has also handled genuine and replica weapons to better understand the use of pre-modern weapons and the men who wielded them.