Two Hours that Changed the World – The Battle of Naseby, 1645

At first sight the quiet green fields around the small Northamptonshire village of Naseby seem unexceptional.  But look more closely and you find clues that a momentous event occurred here which was to shape the history not only of Britain but every modern democracy.

Because it was here, in just two hours on the morning of 14 June 1645, that a bloody battle decided the fate of a king and began a journey that would eventually lead to the constitutions which govern millions of people living in the World’s democracies today.

To learn more about what has been described as Britain’s “most important battlefield”, Publisher, Mike Gibbs was joined by Mark Linnell, Chairman of the Naseby Battlefield Project, and Civil War historian, Professor Andrew Hopper of Oxford University – a Patron of the project.

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Two Hours that Changed the World - The Battle of Naseby, 1645
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Andrew Hopper

Andrew Hopper

Professor of Local and Social History

Andrew Hopper is Professor of Local and Social History in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. He…

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Mark Linnell

Mark Linnell

Chair of The Naseby Battlefield Project

At the beginning of his career Mark served for several years as a Cavalry officer in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (POW’s), service which included postings to Northern…

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Further reading

Naseby: The Decisive Campaign

Whitstable, 1995 Glenn Foard

The New Model Army: Agent of Revolution

New Haven, 2022 Ian Gentles

Naseby 1645: The Triumph of the New Model Army

Oxford: Osprey, 2007 Martin Marix Evans

The English Historical Review

123 (2008) Mark Stoyle

‘The Road to Farndon Field: Explaining the Massacre of the Royalist Women at Naseby’, pp. 895–923.

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Joshua Sprigge, Anglia Rediviva: England's Recovery (London, 1647), chapter V, pp. 27-45. A modern transcription of the text is available for free via this University of Michigan website. This gives a retrospective account of Naseby, written by one of Fairfax's chaplains in 1647 to try to bolster the Army's image with the war weary people.