This work of historical fiction is set during the Thirty Years' War and the English Civil War. The full title upon original publication was as follows: Memoirs of a Cavalier; or A Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Years 1632 to 1648. Written threescore years ago, by an English gentleman, who server first in the army of Gustavus Adolphus, the Glorious King of Sweden, till his death, and after that in the Royal Army of King Charles the First, from the beginning of the Rebellion to the end of the War.
This little-known historical drama by the author of Robinson Crusoe is set during the English civil war and told in first-person with attention to detail, describing the minutiae of the life of a 17th-century well-to-do British cavalier and soldier. Sean Criseden’s matter-of-fact performance gives this audiobook the feel of an actual cavalier's memoirs and not a work of fiction, which is exactly the stylistic device Defoe was attempting. An interesting mix of a coming-of-age tale and history lesson, this audiobook will be a pleasure for anyone interested in European royalty and its battles.
"The pretended author, ‘Col. Andrew Newport’, a young English gentleman born in 1608, travels on the Continent, starting in 1630, goes to Vienna, and accompanies the army of the emperor, being present at the siege and sack of Magdeburg, which is vividly presented. He then joins the army of Gustavus Adolphus. After his return to England he joins the king's army, first against the Scots, then against the forces of Parliament." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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