Sedgemoor 1685: Marlborough's First Victory - John TinceyBarnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Top edge of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “In the summer of 1685 the Duke of Monmouth, son of Charles II, landed at Lyme Regis to declare himself heir to his father’s kingdom. In London King James II appointed John Churchill, the future Duke of Marlborough, to command a handful of troops with which to meet Monmouth’s growing rebel army. Thus was set in motion a sequence of events that was decisive for Monmouth, Churchill and the history of England.
John Tincey’s account of the confrontation sheds fresh light on the characters of Monmouth and Churchill and provides a graphic reassessment of the campaign against the rebellion in the West County. He retraces the routes taken by the opposing armies, following every twist and turn the soldiers took 300 years ago, and provides a powerful new insight into the course of the Battle of Sedgemoor itself. In a fascinating new analysis of the campaign he challenges some of the common assumptions about the actions of the commanders and the nature of the armies involved, and he includes a tour of the battlefield.
Particular attention is paid to the clash between Monmouth and Churchill, the two main protagonists. They were near contemporaries in age, but their worlds were far apart. One was of Royal blood, but born out of wedlock, the other of the minor gentry. One was handed command of the English army early in his career, the other was forced to make his way from ensign to colonel. One was destined to die a traitor’s death, the other to become Britain’s most successful general. And in this, his first independent command, Churchill faced a conflict of loyalty between his benefactor King James and Monmouth, his old comrade in arms. At Sedgemoor their paths crossed and the future of England was decided along with their own.”