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: In a field in Nottingham in the summer of 1642, King Charles I watched his standard being raised in a high wind and driving rain. For six years thereafter, England was rent by civil war. Before it was over, some 200,000 lives were lost, many from plague in strife-torn towns - and the king himself was beheaded on January 30, 1649. A social as well as a military history that vividly re-creates the scenes of war in England over 350 years ago, CAVALIERS AND ROUNDHEADS is enlivened by astute and revealing character sketches of leading participants and half-forgotten characters. Making skillful use of numerous contemporary accounts as well as the fruits of modern scholarship, Hibbert once again demonstrates his mastery of narrative history.