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  • The English Civil War is over, and former allies turn on each other. The entropy of victory breaks down the common bonds within Parliament, as Independents and Presbyterians squabble and fight for control of the post-war settlement. And the New Model Army watches on.
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    Listen to Revolutions: Appendix 1: https://pod.link/703889772/episode/a62121c4aaadace65ebea2f0538f1fd7
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael J. Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution

    Michael J. Braddick, 'War and Politics in England and Wales, 1642-1646', in Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael J. Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History


    Blair Worden, The English Civil Wars: 1640-1660


    Ian Gentles, The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms, 1638-1652



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  • With the king's defeat in the English Civil War, his forces in Scotland and Ireland react. In Scotland, Montrose goes into exile, Mac Colla continues raiding the Campbells, and Huntly remains useless. In Ireland, the First Ormond Peace goes public, forcing the hand of Papal Nuncio Rinuccini.

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    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History


    Blair Worden, The English Civil Wars: 1640-1660


    Ian Gentles, The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms, 1638-1652


    John Cunningham, ‘Politics, 1641-1660’, Cambridge History of Ireland

    David Edwards, ‘Political Change and Social Transformation, 1603-1641’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    John Jeremiah Cronin and Padraig Lenihan, ‘Wars of Religion, 1641-1691’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    Patrick Little, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland, 2004

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, (ed.) Kingdoms in Crisis: Ireland in the 1640s, 2000

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, Confederate Ireland, 1642-1649, 1999

    Lenihan, Pádraig, Confederate Catholics at War, 1641-49, 2001


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  • With the English Civil War over - for now - it's time to count the cost, and take a look at post-war England.

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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Jason Peacey, 'The Revolution in Print', in Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Stephen K. Roberts, 'State and Society in the English Revolution', in Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    John Walter, 'Crowds and Popular Politics in the English Revolution', in Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, 'War and Politics in England and Wales, 1642-1646', in Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History


    Blair Worden, The English Civil Wars: 1640-1660


    Ian Gentles, The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms, 1638-1652



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  • Naseby shattered the Royalist cause. Now the New Model Army just had to sweep up the pieces...
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Nick Lipscombe, The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History


    Pert, T. (2021). Divided Loyalties: The Elector Palatine and Charles I, 1638–1649, Journal of Early Modern History, 26(4), 311-334 [https://brill.com/view/journals/jemh/26/4/article-p311_2.xml]


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  • Check out the podcast website
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Nick Lipscombe, The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History



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  • Parliament faces a crisis as divisions in their armies come to a head. Oliver Cromwell and Sir William Waller take aim at the earls of Manchester and Essex. The latest attempt at peace talkes between Charles I and the parliamentarians collapse. Calls for a clean slate are answered by the Self-Denying Ordinance and the New Model Ordinance. Sir Thomas Fairfax gets promoted.
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    Listen to the History of Westeros here: http://www.historyofwesteros.com/
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Nick Lipscombe, The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History


    Cotton, A. N. B. (1977). Cromwell and the Self-Denying Ordinance. History, 62(205), 211–231.


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  • Essex walks into a trap of his own making at Lostwithiel, and divisions between the Lord General, Manchester, Waller, and Cromwell, lead to another missed opportunity at the Second Battle of Newbury.
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Nick Lipscombe, The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History



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  • Royalist, Parliamentarian, and Covenanter meet on Marston Moor, and the fate of the North is decided.
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Nick Lipscombe, The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History



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  • Prince Rupert campaigns in the North, Charles outplays Waller in the south, and Marston Moor looms on the horizon
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution


    Michael Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire


    Nick Lipscombe, The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51


    Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History



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  • Charles I sends the Earl of Glamorgan to negotiate behind Lord Deputy Ormond's back. There's no way this will go badly.
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Little, Patrick, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland, 2004

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, (ed.) Kingdoms in Crisis: Ireland in the 1640s, 2000

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, Confederate Ireland, 1642-1649, 1999

    Lenihan, Pádraig, Confederate Catholics at War, 1641-49, 2001

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael J. Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution

    John Cunningham, ‘Politics, 1641-1660’, Cambridge History of Ireland

    David Edwards, ‘Political Change and Social Transformation, 1603-1641’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    John Jeremiah Cronin and Padraig Lenihan, ‘Wars of Religion, 1641-1691’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    https://www.british-history.ac.uk/rushworth-papers/vol6/pp238-249


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  • The Marquis of Ormond, James Butler, tries to come to terms with the Irish Confederacy. Political factions in the Confederacy, King Charles' meddling, the Protestant Irish lobby, the Covenanters in Ulster, the Parliamentarians in Munster, and Ormond's own personal desires make this a very painful process.
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Little, Patrick, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland, 2004

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, (ed.) Kingdoms in Crisis: Ireland in the 1640s, 2000

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, Confederate Ireland, 1642-1649, 1999

    Lenihan, Pádraig, Confederate Catholics at War, 1641-49, 2001

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael J. Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution

    John Cunningham, ‘Politics, 1641-1660’, Cambridge History of Ireland

    David Edwards, ‘Political Change and Social Transformation, 1603-1641’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    John Jeremiah Cronin and Padraig Lenihan, ‘Wars of Religion, 1641-1691’, Cambridge History of Ireland



    For a full bibliography, see the podcast website.
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  • The unpopular Cessation of Arms divides the Protestant forces in Ireland, and nowhere was this division clearer than in the province of Munster. Lord Inchiquin dramatically declared his defection from the king, to parliament, but he has different priorities to his subordinate, Lord Broghill.
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    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Harris, T. Rebellion


    Michael J. Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution

    John Cunningham, ‘Politics, 1641-1660’, Cambridge History of Ireland

    David Edwards, ‘Political Change and Social Transformation, 1603-1641’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    John Jeremiah Cronin and Padraig Lenihan, ‘Wars of Religion, 1641-1691’, Cambridge History of Ireland


    Patrick Little, Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland, 2004

    Ó Siochrú, Micheál, (ed.) Kingdoms in Crisis: Ireland in the 1640s, 2000


    For a full bibliography, see the podcast website.
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  • Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, faces humiliation on multiple fronts. His critics are uniting, his prosecutions are falling, and the ruinous cost of hiring him suddenly seems less worthwhile.
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    This episode primarily makes use of the following texts:
    - Gaskill, Malcolm, Witchfinders: A Seventeenth Century English Tragedy, (2005)
    - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
    - Purkiss, DIane, The English Civil War: A People's History, (2007)
    - Jackson, Louise, ‘Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women’s Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
    - Peter Elmer, Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)
    - Gaskill, Malcolm, ‘Witchcraft Trials in England’, in Levack, Brian (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, (2016)
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  • We see the result of the Witchfinder General's efforts in the summer assizes of Chelmsford and Bury St. Edmunds. One was headed by the Earl of Warwick, a noble with little in the way of legal training, and the other by a triumvirate of two priests and a lawyer. One goes exceptionally well for the witchfinders, and the other... not so much.
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    This episode primarily makes use of the following texts:
    - Gaskill, Malcolm, Witchfinders: A Seventeenth Century English Tragedy, (2005)
    - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
    - Purkiss, DIane, The English Civil War: A People's History, (2007)
    - Jackson, Louise, ‘Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women’s Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
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  • Old grudges and fears come to the fore in Essex, as word spreads that witch-finders roam.
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    This episode primarily makes use of the following texts:
    - Gaskill, Malcolm, Witchfinders: A Seventeenth Century English Tragedy, (2005)
    - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
    - Purkiss, DIane, The English Civil War: A People's History, (2007)
    - Jackson, Louise, ‘Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women’s Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
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  • Matthew Hopkins, the infamous Witch-Finder General, begins his campaign through south-eastern England, as we discuss the opening accusations of the greatest and deadliest witch hunt in English history.
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    This episode primarily makes use of the following texts:
    - Gaskill, Malcolm, Witchfinders: A Seventeenth Century English Tragedy, (2005)
    - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
    - Purkiss, DIane, The English Civil War: A People's History, (2007)
    - Jackson, Louise, ‘Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women’s Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
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  • The Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, did not exist in a vacuum. How could this man, who had no formal authority, tour South-East England and not only execute hundreds of 'witches', but find cheering crowds and grateful magistrates waiting for him? Today's episode will examine the possible reasons why the Hopkins witch craze was so exceptional in its scale and brutality.
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    This episode primarily made use of the following texts:
    - Gaskill, Malcolm, ‘Witchcraft Trials in England’, in Levack, B. P. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (Oxford, 2013)
    - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
    - Elmer, Peter,Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England, (Oxford, 2016)
    - Jackson, Louise, ‘Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women’s Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002
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  • "On History Daily, we do history, daily. Every weekday host Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous moment that happened ‘on this day’ in history. Whether it’s to remember the tragedy of December 7th, 1941, the day “that will live in infamy,” or to celebrate that 20th day in July, 1969, when mankind reached the moon, History Daily is there to tell you the true stories of the people and events that shaped our world—one day at a time."
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  • Opechancanough, paramount chief of the Powhatan Confederacy, launches another surprise attack on Virginia.

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    Check out Why Tho? A Personal Journey Through my Record Collection: https://pod.link/1581184036
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Pestana, Carla, The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640-1661, Harvard University Press, 2007

    Pestana, Carla, Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World


    Montgomery, Dennis. 1607: Jamestown and the New World,

    Billings, Warren M., The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century : A Documentary History of Virginia, 1606-1700


    Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent Jr., William G. Shade, Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607–2007


    Adams, Lars C. '"The Battle of Weyanoke Creek": A Story of the Third Anglo-Powhatan War in Early Carolina.' Native South 6 (2013)

    Treaty Ending the Third Anglo-Powhatan War (1646): https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/treaty-ending-the-third-anglo-powhatan-war-1646/


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