Marston Moor

Written by Michael Arnold
Review by Edward James

It may be that I am becoming addicted, but I think Arnold’s Stryker series gets better with each book. This is the 6th book in the series following the career of Innocent Stryker, royalist officer in the English Civil War. We have now reached 1644 and the beginning of the end for the royalist cause.

As I have said in reviewing earlier books in the series, Arnold is at his best describing real events through the eyes of the participants. Marston Moor is almost entirely a story of real events, not only the great battle itself, one of the greatest fought on English soil, but also of the campaigns in Lancashire and Yorkshire which led up to it. I was pleased to find that the rather improbable love interest in the earlier books was completely absent.

The story is savage, vivid and easy to follow. At last I think I understand the battle of Marston Moor, which is more than any of the participants did, except perhaps Cromwell. All three senior Parliamentary commanders had fled the field in despair before Lieutenant General Cromwell won the day for them.

I am looking forward to Naseby and Worcester.