The Siege of Loyalty House: A Story of the English Civil War

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5.98 X 9.06 X 1.34 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author
Jessie Childs is the award-winning author of God's Traitors (winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History) and Henry VIII's Last Victim (winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography). She has written for several journals, including the London Sunday Times, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books. Her television contributions include the BAFTA-nominated Elizabeth I's Secret Agents (PBS) and two BBC series on Charles I. Jessie lives in England.
Praise for The Siege of Loyalty House:
"Brilliant. Original. Gripping."--Antonia Fraser, New York Times bestselling author
"Childs draws on unpublished manuscripts and the voices of dozens of men, women and children to tell this thrilling tale of war." -- "Mail on Sunday BOOKS OF THE YEAR"
"Describing how individuals get drawn, often haphazardly, into a bloody conflict such as the English Civil War is not an easy task. but Jessie Childs manages it superbly in The Siege of Loyalty House, which tingles with a discerning historical imagination."

---Andrew Lycett "Spectator, BOOKS OF THE YEAR II "
"This is war as it should be, passionate, brutal, bloody and chatoic, all described in luscious, evocative prose."

--Gerard DeGroot "Times and Sunday Times BOOK OF THE YEAR "
"A thrilling account of Basing House, a royalist stronghold during the English Civil War nicknamed 'Loyalty, ' and the sieges it withstood until its fall to Oliver Cromwell in 1645." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
"In The Siege of Loyalty House, Jessie Childs tells the compelling story of a place that acquired a mystique far beyond its strategic significance. Underpinned by meticulous research, this finely crafted narrative unfolds in evocative and often poetic language. Childs possesses the knack of encapsulating action in a sentence or two of lively prose and telling imagery."--Stephen Brumwell, The Wall Street Journal
"A perfectly crafted triumph of narrative history... one of the most pulsating books on seventeenth-century England I have read."-- "The Critic

"Riveting. Childs reconstructs their suffering - near-starvation, filthy water, a smallpox outbreak - with startling immediacy. Her focus is local and English, but the story is human and timeless."-- "The Economist"
"She is a gifted narrative historian, eloquent, graceful and witty; the stories she tells are the ones we all should know."--Hilary Mantel, New York Times bestselling author of The Mirror & the Light