Nick Lipscombe ~ Historian, Author & Tour Guide
Nick Lipscombe MSc, FRHistS is a historian specialising in the Napoleonic Wars and in particular the Peninsular War. He has written numerous books and papers on matters relating to the Napoleonic wars. His first book, An Atlas and Concise Military History of the Peninsular War was published in 2010 and was selected as the Daily Telegraph (History) Book of the Year. He is recognised as a world authority on the battles and battlefields of the Iberian Peninsula and Southern France. He has recently commenced a project on the English Civil War - see below.
Nick was born in 1958 in Angers, France and served for thirty-four years in the British Army where he saw considerable operational service. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006.
Click on National Army Museum Logo to see Nick presenting on Wellington and his Gunners at the Army and Navy Club.
WHAT IS NEW FOR 2019
Nick with a group in Vitoria, northern Spain.
See the Tours Page for the tours Nick is running in 2019.
The English Civil War
Nickís latest project is an exciting new area of work - the English Civil War. He has a publishing contract with OSPREY to produce an Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Like the Peninsular War Atlas, it is a very large project, involving a tremendous amount of research. It is being conducted in conjunction with The Battlefields Trust and the National Civil War Centre, Newark. As such, it promises to be the most exciting new study in this field for decades. The book is due for publication in early 2020 - more information will follow.
Nick continues to tutor at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education. For the Oxford Experience (summer school) at Christ Church College he is running a one-week course on the Duke of Wellington. This course is now full. In the Michaelmas Term 2019 he is running a ten-week course on Britainís Crusade. This course will examine Britain's struggle during the French Wars (Revolutionary and Napoleonic) and the peace process that followed, concentrating on the exploits and achievements of four great men, Pitt, Nelson, Castlereagh and Wellington.
The period 1789 to 1815 witnessed unprecedented upheaval. Nationalism blurred, armies and navies expanded, militarism thrived, coalitions altered and ideology, hanging by a thread to these shifting dynamics, caused unprecedented social upheaval. One nation, utterly unprepared for war but with global aspirations and interests, entered that war in February 1793 unmindful of the length of the road before her but determined to prevail. Twenty-three years later, having fought on land and sea, across the globe Britain emerged victorious. Four men stand out as the architects and executors of Britainís victory. William Pitt the Younger and Admiral Horatio Nelson in the difficult early years and Lord Castlereagh and the Duke of Wellington during the momentous concluding years. It is an extraordinary story of political determination, diplomatic self-possession and military valour, exceptional in the nationís history to that point. It shaped the nationís destiny for the next one hundred years.
Click on the University logo to find out how to enrol for the course.
Nick is also leading the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni tour to the Pyrenees and Southern France - see the tours page. He is also running, with Professor Jeremy Black, two tours for the Oxbridge Alumni in 2020 - more details to follow.
CLICK ON THE UNIVERSITY LOGO FOR DETAILS OF THE COURSE - BRITAIN'S CRUSADE
CLICK ON THE CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE LOGO FOR DETAILS OF THE COURSE - THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON