People, events and ideas of the British Civil Wars explored and explained by leading historians

A unique FREE OPEN ACCESS resource for everyone interested in this time which shaped the Britain we know today


What you will find with each programme ·  Podcasts   ·  Transcripts   ·  Interactive glossary   ·  Timeline   ·  Further reading   ·  Maps

The Critical Years

Distinguished historians looking at events and individuals – famous and unknown – in the key years before, during and following the civil wars in Britain and Ireland.

Religion in the Civil Wars explained

Religious divisions between the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland were a fundamental cause of the Civil Wars and throughout the Interregnum sectarianism between Protestant factions constantly challenged the republican government and ultimately destroyed it.

Trial of Charles I – What were the real objectives?

The Rump Parliament intended the trial to serve propaganda purposes. However, this aim was subverted by the king’s surprisingly fluent defence in which he recast himself as a defender of the people’s liberty in the face of a new, arbitrary power.

Beyond England’s Borders

Historians now recognise that the civil wars of the mid-seventeenth century must be viewed in a British and Irish context and not exclusively from an English perspective.

History of Parliament

By the 1640s, Parliament was at the very centre of British history. The accession of Charles the First to the throne in 1625 began a bitter rivalry for dominance with a King whose political and religious views brought him into head-to-head conflict with an increasingly assertive Parliament.

Step-by-step Guide - Understanding the Civil Wars

Step-by-step Guide – Understanding the Civil Wars

An introductory step-by-step guide to the causes, conflicts and consequences of the British Civil Wars. With Professor Peter Gaunt in three 30-minute podcasts.

Charles I – The road to execution

Charles I – The road to execution

How culpable was Charles I in causing the British Civil Wars? Why did his army lose and why was he executed? Answering these questions are two noted historians, Edward Vallance and Andrew Hopper.

English Civil Wars

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1641 Depositions Project – Lessons for todays divided world

The landmark 1641 Depositions Project at Trinity College Dublin, has digitised and analysed more than 8,000 witness statements made during the Rebellion which swept through Ireland.

The Irish Rebellion 1641 – Sorting the facts from the fake news

Events in Scotland and Ireland directly contributed to political crisis which would explode into Civil War in England and Wales.

John Poyer – Starting the Second Civil War in Wales

This is the incredible but true story of John Poyer of Pembroke.

The Civil War encapsulated in a single siege

Between 1643 and 1645, Basing House in Hampshire – which once rivalled Hampton Court in size and opulence – was besieged by Parliament’s forces.
English Civil War - coming soon

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‘Yet One Warning More, to Thee O England’ – Quakers and the Restoration, 1660-1689

‘Light Risen Out of Darkness’ – The Civil Wars and Early Quakers, 1646-1660

‘The Christian Centurion’ – Sergeant-Major-General Philip Skippon

...and much, much more.

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