Invitation from Marlow Archaeology
Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars 1640-1660
by Ian Beckett, Hon. Professor of Military History, University of Kent
Many of the well-known battles of the Civil Wars took place just beyond Buckinghamshire’s county boundaries – Edgehill, Newbury, Cropredy and Naseby. Yet, there was continuous destruction and disruption, not least as the county lay across main road and river routes between the King’s headquarters at Oxford and Parliament’s stronghold in London. Garrisons of Royalist outposts at Brill, Hillesden and Boarstall vied with Parliamentarian outposts at Aylesbury and Newport Pagnell to control resources. This talk illustrates that conflict not only had a significant effect on county gentry families but also on local communities.
Professor Ian Beckett retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent in 2015. He was born in Whitchurch and educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and the Universities of Lancaster and London. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has held chairs in both the UK and the US. He was Chairman of the Council of the Army Records Society from 2000 to 2014, and has been Secretary to the Trustees of the Buckinghamshire Military Museum since its establishment in 1985. While he works mainly on the Victorian Army and the British Army in the First World War, his interest in Bucks in the Civil War goes back to his original research on the county’s amateur military units – the militia, yeomanry and volunteers. His book, Wanton Troopers: Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars, 1640-60 was published in 2015.
Image: 1643 John Hampden, a member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
Main Room, Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD at 8pm