1642 – The story of the year when the English Civil War began

1642 was a tempestuous year beginning on 4th January with the unsuccessful attempt by the King to arrest Five Members of Parliament (John Pym, John Hampden, Denzil Holles, Arthur Haselrig and William Strode), in the Commons Chamber, followed by the exclusion of the Bishops from the House of Lords and on 25th February, with the departure of Queen Henrietta Maria with the crown jewels, for the Continent where she would buy arms and hire mercenaries for a civil war which seemed inevitable.

By summer, the Royalist Army was unsuccessfully besieging Hull and on 22nd August, the King raised the Royal Standard at Nottingham to rally his forces – the prelude to the first pitched battle between the two field armies at Edgehill in Warwickshire on 23rd October.

Jonathan Healey, Associate Professor in Social History at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, takes us on a journey through these times and reveals the experiences of ordinary men and women whose lives were changed forever.

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Jonathan Healey

Associate Professor in Social History Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Jonathan Healey works on early-modern social and economic history. As well as being a Fellow of Kellogg, he is an Associate Professor in Social History in the…

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