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.

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.
Nick with a group at the Roman Bridge at Alcantara - see the Tours Page for the tours Nick is running in 2018.
Nick continues to tutor at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education. For the Michaelmas Term 2018 he is running a ten-week course  on the defining Battle of Waterloo. This course will examine Europe at the start of the nineteenth century and Europeís transition from the French Revolutionary Wars to the Napoleonic Wars. It will consider those wars in the context of the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte and both Britainís response and her role in that struggle. In greater detail the course will study the brief period of peace in 1814-15; Napoleonís first abdication, the fractious Congress of Vienna and escape from Elba, triggering the start of the Campaign of 100 Days and concluding with an in-depth study of the broader consequences of Waterloo, for Europe and the wider world, in the immediate aftermath of conflict and in the longer term.
Nick is also leading the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni tour to the Pyrenees and Southern France - see the  tours page.
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.

As part of the process, Nick will be running a series of fascinating battlefield tours covering, specifically, the first English Civil War - see the tours page.