Further Reading

Further reading, resources and a comprehensive Battle of Edgehill bibliography.

Battles are commonly perverse products of chance and confusion and this particular battle was no exception, for what followed can, at best, only be described as a confused mêlée.
Roy Sherwood. (The Civil War in the Midlands 1642-1651). 1974.

This compendium also features convenient links to many online resources providing direct access to the material.

Secondary Sources

Edgehill studies

Specific studies of the Edgehill battle, publications featuring significant material concerning the Edgehill battle/battlefield, or modern publications featuring (primary) material concerning the battlefield:

  • Battlefields of England. (Colonel Albert Higgins Burne). 1950
  • Edgehill 1642. (Brigadier Peter Young). 1967
  • Battles & Generals of the Civil Wars 1642-1651. (Colonel Hugh Cuthbert Basset). 1968
  • Edgehill and Beyond. (Philip Tennant). 1992. (The campaign and impact upon the local population)
  • English Heritage Battlefield Report: Edgehill 1642. (PDF). 1995
  • Edgehill 1642 - First Battle of the English Civil War. (John Tincey & Keith Roberts). 2001.
  • Two Men in a Trench II. (Tony Pollard & Neil Oliver). 2003
  • Edgehill - The Battle Reinterpreted. (Scott, Turton, Von Arni). 2004
  • Battlefields Annual Review. (Features, 'Battle of Edgehill', by Glenn Foard). Ed Jon Cooksey. 2005. ISBN 1 84415 281 2
  • Decisive Battles of the English Civil War. (Malcolm Wanklyn). 2006
  • Schlachtfeldarchäeologie: Battlefield Archaeology. Ed H. Meller. 2009, Lamdesmuseums für Vorgeschichte: Halle, Germany. ISBN 978-3-939414-41-4
    (Features, 'The investigation of early modern battlefields in England', by Glenn Foard)
  • The Archaeology of English Battlefields: Conflict in the Pre-Industrial Landscape (CBA Research Report 168). (Glenn Foard, Richard Morris). May 2012. ISBN 978-1-902771-88-5
    Includes feature concerning the Edgehill archaeology and its interpretation - and includes the '2009' battlefield re-interpretation plan
  • Battlefield Archaeology of the English Civil War (Glenn Foard). Dec 2012. ISBN: 9781407310442
    This academic publication studies battle archaeology of the period, but also includes a comprehensive case study/report and interpretation of the archaeology produced from the extensive Edgehill battlefield survey of 2004-7 (based on the PhD thesis first written and submitted in 2008). It also features an excellent appendix cataloguing primary source references to the landscape.
    (The original version is now available online: 'Integrating the physical and documentary evidence for battles: A Case Study from 17th Century England'. G.Foard, 2008b. http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do)

In general

For a list of additional titles covering UK battlefields in general, see: Alternative deployment suggestions.

Primary sources

The most significant contemporary primary resources include:

  • The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England: Begun in the Year 1641. (Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon). Pub 1717. PDF. (Vol 2, pt1: See p44)
  • The Royalist Official Account: A Relation of the Battel fought between Keynton and Edgehill, by His Majesty's Army and that of the Rebels; Printed by his Majesty's Command at Oxford by Leonard Lichfield, Printer to the University, 1642 [sic]
  • King James II's Account: Life of James II, Published from the original Stuart MSS, in Carlton House, Ed. By T.S. Clarke, 2 vols. 1816
  • Prince Rupert's Diary: Wiltshire Records Office, Trowbridge.
    • Memoirs of Prince Rupert, and the cavaliers. Including their private correspondence, now first published from the original manuscripts. (Bartholomew Eliot George Warburton). Vol 2. 1848.
  • Sir Edward Sydenham's Letter to Ralph Verney: The Standard Bearer by Major Peter Verney. p202
  • Sir Robert Walsh's Account: A True Narrative and Manifest, 1679. A copy is held at the British Museum
  • Sir John Hinton's Account: Memoirs, 1679
  • Edward Walsingham's Account: From Edward Walsingham, Brittannicae Virtutis Imago, Oxford, 1644
  • Gervase Holles' Memorials: Gervase Holles Memorials of the Holles Family, Camden Third Series, Vol LV, 1937. p186-187
  • Sir Philip Warwick's Account: Memoires, pub 1702. From p228
  • The English historical review (The Battle Of Edgehill). (Godfrey Davis). 1921. p30, Ed 36. Features/Publishes primary sources. (PDF reader)
    • Lord Bernard Stuart's letter
    • London Royalist's Newsletter
  • Sir Richard Bulstrode. Memoirs and Reflections. (Pub 1721). PDF.
  • Parliamentary Official Account: The Account of the Battel at Edgehill, Oct. 23. 1642. as publisht by Order of the Parliament [sic]
  • Reverend Adoniram Bifield's Account: A Letter Sent from A Worthy Divine To the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London Being a true Relation of the battaile [sic]. Printed by Robert Wood, October 27th, 1642
  • Edmund Ludlow's Account: Memoirs, 1625-1672. p41-48
  • Captain Edward Kightley's Letter: Published November 1642. (British Museum, Thomason Tracts. E.126/13). Reproduced in Walford's book, p53 of 2nd Ed
  • Captain Nathaniel Fiennes' Account: A most True and Exact Relation. Published November 1642. (British Museum, Thomason Tracts. E.126/38). Reproduced in Walford's book, p42 of 2nd Ed
  • Lord Wharton's Speech: The Poetical Works of the Honourable Sir Charles Sedley Bar.

With the notable exception of Clarendon's text, most of these documents (featuring Edgehill detail) were reproduced in Peter Young's seminal 1967 'Edgehill 1642' study. This book has since enjoyed reprints and is widely available.

Antiquarian Sources

In general

  • A Book Of Golden Deeds. (Charlotte Mary Yonge). 1864. Features the story of Robert Bertie and his son at Edgehill
  • Picturesque England: its landmarks and historic haunts, as described in lay and legend, song and story. (Laura Valentine). 1891. Direct to 'Edgehill', HTML version.
  • History of Warwickshire. (Clive Holland). 1906. Typical of the genre and era, featuring some details of established traditions, interpretations and landmarks (including the new Round Tower claims) as well as the artistic introduction of several embellishing details.
  • A History of Oxfordshire. (John Meade Falkner). 1899. Some interesting details and representative of the era.

Maps

  • 'A Map of Warwickshire'. (Henry Beighton). Surveyed 1722-5 — Published 1728
  • 'A Map of Kington Hundred'. (Henry Beighton). Surveyed 1725 — Reprinted in Dugdale 1730. (Showing 'Gravis Chappel yard' burials).
  • Radway pre-enclosure map. (George Salmon). 1756. Warwickshire County Record Office. (CR1596/197)
  • 'Map of Warwickshire'. (William Yates & Sons). Surveyed 1787-9 — Published 1793
  • http://maps.nls.uk: OS 1888-1913.
  • Shipston-on-Stour. 1813. (Featuring the Edgehill battlefield).
    This website project introduces another map to the attention of 'Edgehill battle' studies with what is the earliest record of enclosures for the entire battlefield with this remarkably detailed 1813 map (held at the British Library). However, while this map holds interesting and relevant details, regrettably the battlefield central field-scape, and illustrated enclosures, are unreliable or not strictly accurate as notable and distinctive enclosures, which are accurately recorded by the 1756 pre-enclosure map and which remain intact to this day, are clearly missing or fundamentally contradicted by many of the enclosures recorded within this 1813 map. Available online to study (with magnification and transparent options).
  • Historical Maps Online: Topographic map sheets for the Radway area, including sheet 53 of the 1834 OS first series from the Vision of Britain website. (Scroll down their page).
  • The OS 1891 map*. (Use the zoom options and double click on chosen locations, or target alternative sheets). (* And the Western section of battlefield).
  • A collection of old Warwickshire maps
  • A useful list of Warwickshire maps
  • Modern OS mapping online.
  • Ladbroke (early OS draft) 1812, shows fieldscape east/north of the Banbury road.

Miscellaneous

Film

  • Battle of Edgehill - Two Men in a Trench; (full length programme - circa 2002). If you can overlook the terrible format and music, then this programme - irrespective of the pointless excavation of the old St Peters Church at Radway - is very much worth watching and features several interesting insights.
  • A basic overview and visit to the battlefield with battlefield archaeologist Glenn Foard.
  • This six minute excerpt from period drama 'The Devil's Whore' provides a fictionalised dramatisation of the battle. Invented characters, individuals who weren't present and fictional dialogue and events which relate only to the drama's narrative are featured - along with an absence of pike blocks of men - but the production values present accurate period dress, weaponry, the depiction of cavalry charges, and musket shot along with a broad sense of the battle for the general viewer. The sequence ends with an evocative scene of the strewn battlefield during the night with dialogue referring to the cold temperature stemming the flow of blood from injuries, which is based upon documented accounts.
    Edgehill battle - From the Devil's Whore
    . Now removed from YouTube: (Available on DVD).
    Now available, FREE to watch, at: www.channel4.com/programmes/the-devils-whore