Civil War Seaman, Siegemaster and Radical

164pp 6 ILLUS 2005 LIST PRICE: £50.00 B628



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An account of the life and career of Thomas Rainborowe, a significant figure in the English Civil War in both military and political terms. His involvement in the sea-borne Irish Expedition of 1642 was followed by service as an infantry leader within the Eastern Association and the New Model Army, where he achieved distinction as a siege commander. Rainborowe emerged at the Putney Debates (a landmark in the history of political philosophy) as perhaps the most cogent spokesman for the radical/Leveller cause; but his association with the abortive Leveller-inspired mutiny at Ware, and his hostility toward continued negotiation with Charles I, led to his fall from grace. In November 1648, en route to impose a rigorous siege of Pontefract Castle, he was assassinated in highly suspicious circumstances. Written in a lively style, this is the first full-length study of a man whose importance has been hitherto neglected.
A fine study of an enigma. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT