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English Civil Wars Tours
King verses Parliament
Follow in the footsteps of Charles I and the Parliamentarians as they fight for control of the Kingdom.
Join one of our Expert historians on a tour of the English Civil Wars Battlefields, follow the battles
see how they developed.
The English Civil Wars, also known as the ‘Great Rebellion’ or the ‘Wars of the Three kingdoms’, were a series of wars which took place between 1642 and 1651 and stemmed from an initial conflict between Charles I and Parliament over an Irish insurrection. The first war was settled with Oliver Cromwell’s victory for Parliamentary forces at the 1645 Battle of Naseby. The second phase ended with Charles’ defeat at the Battle of Preston and his subsequent execution in 1649.
Charles’ son, Charles, then formed an army of English and Scottish Royalists, which prompted Cromwell to invade Scotland in 1650. The following year, Cromwell shattered the remaining Royalist forces and ended the “Wars of the Three Kingdoms”. For the next eleven years Parliament ruled until Charles II in exchange for a promise of amnesty and religious toleration for his former enemies eventually ascended to the throne in 1660.