Newbury 1643 is one of the decisive campaigns of the English Civil War, marking a turning point in the course of the conflict. This work shows that the battle of Newbury represented the last realistic chance for the king to win a military victory over Parliament. When on 10 August 1643, King Charles summoned the City of Gloucester to surrender, the city's only hope lay in a relief expedition from London and the Earl of Wessex was forced to send his weakened army to face the king. The two forces met at Newbury and the Londoners more than held their own against the best of the king's cavalry. After a battle both the armies withdrew in good order, the King returning to Oxford. The capital was secure, her people committed to Parliament and the King's cavalry were no longer invincible - the balance of power had shifted irretrievably.
Keith Roberts was born in 1955 and was educated at Highgate School. He graduated in History from Leicester University in 1977 and is currently employed by one of the major clearing banks. He is a military analyst and lecturer on the theory and practice of war in Europe and England between 1590 and 1660 and has published widely in this field. His previous work for Osprey includes Elite 25: Soldiers of the English Civil War (I) Infantry'. Graham Turner is a leading artist for Osprey, specialising in the medieval period. Those titles he has already illustrated include Campaign 82: 'Edgehill 1642', Men-at-Arms 310: 'German Medieval Armies 1000-1300', Men-at-Arms 317: 'Henry V and the Conquest of France 1416-53', Men-at-Arms 320: 'Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098' and Warrior 20: 'British Redcoat (2) 1793-1815'.