Where history happened: the Wars of the Three Kingdoms part 1

In the first of two features on the Wars of the Three Kingdoms – of which the English Civil Wars were a part – Charlotte Hodgman talks to Professor John Morrill about eight places associated with the battles that took place across England, Scotland and Ireland from 1638–51

The site of the battle of Naseby, which saw parliament's New Model Army win its first major battle against the royalists in June 1645. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Following the battle of Marston Moor in July 1644, the parliamentarian Earl of Manchester, declared: “It was easy to begin the war, but no man knew where it would end.” It was a statement that was to prove uncannily accurate, as parliament and the king went head to head in a series of bloody battles and rebellions that engulfed the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland between 1638 and 1651.

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