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Online Talk

Chester’s civil war, 1642-46: regional capital or damp squib?

Professor Peter Gaunt, an expert on civil war history, delivers this fascinating talk on Chester's role in the civil war and agues that for a variety of reasons in reality it never served as a dynamic regional capital.

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Chester’s civil war, 1642-46: regional capital or damp squib?

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24 Jun 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 BST

Online Talk

About the event

From autumn 1642 until the opening months of 1646 Chester served as a major royalist base, garrison and stronghold in the northern Marches and the North West. This talk explores the role which it might therefore have played and was expected to play in the civil war, assessing its potential and value to the king’s cause and its threat to the parliamentarians. It argues that in fact Chester was viewed very differently, not only by the two sides but also when placed within local, regional and national contexts, and that for a variety of reasons in reality it never served as a dynamic regional capital.

Questions from the audience at the end of the talk are welcome.

Professor Peter Gaunt is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Chester. An expert in the history of the civil war and the post-war period, he has written or edited sixteen books, including studies of the civil war in Wales, in England and Wales and in Britain as a whole, as well as two (different) biographies of Cromwell. He is a past chairman and current president of The Cromwell Association.

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