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Welcome to the home page of David Flintham BA FRGS CITP.
I am a military historian, specialising in 17th century fortifications and sieges.
The 17th century was a watershed in European history: it was the century where the superstitions of the medieval period were largely laid to rest, to be replaced by scientific reasoning. The origins of the great transformations of the 18th and 19th centuries (the Enlightenment, and the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions) can be traced to the 17th century. The transformation on the battlefield was no less dramatic – military engineering which was regarded as an ‘art’ during the 16th century was very much a science by the end of the 17th.
The military history of Western Europe in the 17th century is dominated by the Eighty Years’ War, the Thirty Years War, the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (misleadingly, but commonly, known as the ‘English Civil Wars’), and the wars of Louis XIV. The common perception of these conflicts is of big battles: cavalry charges on the wings whilst in the centre, massed infantry formations slugging it out. Yet the reality is rather different as it was the siege rather than the set-piece battle which dominated 17th century warfare.
This site is home to my research into the sieges and fortifications of the 17th century.
2017 is going to be a busy year for me.
March sees the publication of Perspectives on the Art of Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-77), (Brepols Publishers). I have contributed a chapter, ‘Useful for all Commanders’, which considers Hollar’s Views of Castles, Fortifications and Sieges.
On 1st April, I will be speaking at the Fortress Study Group’s annual members’ day, on Wenceslaus Hollar and the art of 17th century fortifications.
At the end of June, I will be speaking at the Newark Military History Conference about English Civil War siege warfare with a particular focus on the final siege of Newark from a Scottish perspective.
At the end of the summer, my third book, Civil War London: a military history of London under Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, will be published by Helion as part of their Century of the Soldier series (available to pre-order now direct from the publishers or from all good book sellers).
The book will be ‘launched’ at Helion’s Century of the Soldier conference in Shrewsbury on 23 September 2017 (click here to book). I will be speaking at the conference about Wenceslaus Hollar & 17th century warfare.