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Civil War: Total War

Synopsis
In this course Tristam Hunt looks at what used to be thought of an an English civil war between Roundheads and Cavaliers - and shows that it was in fact a war between three kingdoms and two religions, and its influences are still felt to this day.
In this third programme England, Scotland and Ireland are at total war. Cromwell has a devastating effect on the royalists and Charles surrenders. The battle of Marston moor was a disaster for the royalists and a great victory for Cromwell. But Charles still controls the west Country while Scotland has recently fallen to the King’s ally, Montrose. The three kingdoms are descending into total war. At Donnington, just outside Reading, the King’s troops steal arms from under the Roundheads noses and Cromwell realises that the parliamentarian army does not have the courage to see the fight against the King to the end. So he changes the top brass and creates a New Model Army. When Roundheads surprise the King’s troops at Naseby, another terrible defeat is marked by the emergence of a new religious fervour. Charles escapes back to Oxford, Montrose is defeated in Scotland and the King starts to fear for his life. In the dead of night he dons a disguise and flees.
Series
Civil War, Course Xa005
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2002
Year of production
2001
Availability
Out of distribution
Subjects
History; Politics & government; Religious studies
Keywords
English civil war; history of the 17th century

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
DVD-R
Price
£9.99 (CM)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
30 minutes
Year
2011

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£24.99 (OU)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
30 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

Open University Production Centre

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Name

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