Launch of This War Without an Enemy Facebook Page

Exactly 375 years ago today, on the 22nd of August 1642, Charles Stuart, king of England, Scotland and Ireland, set up his Royal Standard on a tower of Nottingham Castle. On the 25th of August, he raised the standard on a mound outside the castle. At the same time, the king sent a “message of peace” to both Houses of Parliament in the hope of opening negotiations. They replied two days later that they would not agree to his terms unless he withdraw his Proclamations and took his standard down. On the 29th of August, the king issued an Order throughout England and Wales to apprehend the earl of Essex, who had been appointed Captain-General of the Parliamentary forces a month earlier. So began the first English Civil War, a conflict that was to last four years and prove to be the most bloody war ever fought on English soil.  It was the largest of a series of wars that wracked Britain and Ireland from 1639 to 1651, resulting in the execution of the king in 1649 and the setting up of a republic that lasted for 11 years. This English revolution prefigured and inspired both the American and French revolutions of the following century.
To celebrate the anniversary of this major event in English and European history, today I am launching the Facebook page for This War Without an Enemy, my block wargame on the English Civil War.  Two players take on the roles of the king and Parliament to recreate the conflict that divided three kingdoms. This board game will be released next year by Nuts! Publishing. Look out for further details on their Website and Facebook page. More information about the game can be found here and on its BoardGameGeek page.

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