Military history of England

The military history of England and Wales deals with the period prior to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. For the period after 1707 see Military history of the United Kingdom.

List of military encounters

Medieval period

Early Modern period

List of civil wars

  1. Rebellion of 1088 - in England and Normandy
  2. The Anarchy (1135–54) - in England
  3. Revolt of 1173–74 - in England, Normandy, and Anjou
  4. First Barons' War (121517) - in England
  5. Second Barons' War (126467) - in England
  6. Welsh Uprising (1282) - in England and Wales
  7. Wars of the Roses (145585) - in England and Wales; Richard III was the last English king to die in combat
  8. Wars of the Three Kingdoms (163951) - in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  9. Monmouth Rebellion (1685) - in England
  10. Jacobite Rebellions (1689-91; 1715-16; 1719; 1745-46) - in England, Scotland and Ireland

See also

Further reading

  • Barnett, Correlli. Britain and her army, 1509-1970: a military, political and social survey (1970).
  • Carlton, Charles. This Seat of Mars: War and the British Isles, 1485-1746 (Yale UP; 2011) 332 pages; studies the impact of near unceasing war from the individual to the national levels.
  • Chandler, David G., and Ian Frederick William Beckett, eds. The Oxford history of the British army (Oxford UP, 2003).
  • Cole, D. H and E. C Priestley. An outline of British military history, 1660-1936 (1936). online
  • Higham, John, ed. A Guide to the Sources of British Military History (1971) 654 pages excerpt; Highly detailed bibliography and discussion up to 1970.
  • James, Lawrence. Warrior race: a history of the British at war (Hachette UK, 2010). excerpt
  • Ranft, Bryan. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy (Oxford UP, 2002).
  • Rodger, N. A.M. The safeguard of the sea: A naval history of Britain, 660-1649 (Vol. 1. 1998). excerpt
    • Rodger, N.A.M.The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 (vol 2 2006) excerpt
  • Schroeder, Paul W. "Old Wine in Old Bottles: Recent Contributions to British Foreign Policy and European International Politics, 1789–1848." Journal of British Studies 26.01 (1987): 1-25.
  • Sheppard, Eric William. A short history of the British army (1950). online
  • Ward, A.W. and G.P. Gooch, eds. The Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy, 1783-1919 (3 vol, 1921–23), old detailed classic; vol 1, 1783-1815 ; vol 2, 1815-1866; vol 3. 1866-1919
  • Wiener, Martin J. "The Idea of "Colonial Legacy" and the Historiography of Empire." Journal of The Historical Society 13#1 (2013): 1-32.
  • Winks, Robin, ed. Historiography (1999) vol. 5 in William Roger Louis, eds. The Oxford History of the British Empire online
  • Winks, Robin W. The Historiography of the British Empire-Commonwealth: Trends, Interpretations and Resources (1966); this book is by a different set of authors from the previous 1999 entry online


  • Messenger, Charles, ed. Reader's Guide to Military History (2001) pp 55-74 etc; annotated guide to most important books.
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