Nick Lipscombe ~ Historian, Tutor, Author & Tour Guide
Nicolas (Nick) Lipscombe MSc, FRHistS is a historian specialising in the Napoleonic Wars and the English Civil War (Wars of the Three Kingdoms). 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. In 2020 he completed his second major historical work, the Atlas and Concise History of the English Civil War 1639-51, which has been very well received.
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. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2015.
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 2021
Nick made good use of his time in 2020 Treating it as a sabbatical, he completed visits to a number of battle sites from the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; often accompanied by Jasper.
Finally, Nick and his wife Ina, will be raising funds for the Royal British Legion (hit hard by a significant shortfall in donations in 2020) by undertaking the 136-kilometre (Poppy) bike ride via the National Arboretum in May 2016. (click on the RBL logo for more details). Nick will be giving a number of fundraising talks at various RBL halls/centres to raise money - see Talks. If you feel generous enough to make a donation please go to:
CLICK ON THE UNIVERSITY AND/OR COLLEGE LOGO FOR DETAILS OF THE COURSE - THE BRITISH ARMY: FROM THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR TO THE WAR ON TERROR.
Nick will be running tours again in 2021 (see Tours) starting with a fascinating tour of Portugal in early June. Tours for the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni are on hold but Nick is hoping that these will resume in 2022. He continues to run courses at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education and for the Oxford Summer School at Christ Church College (see Courses). At both of these venues he will present a course on the History of the British Army: From the English Civil War to the War on Terror 1644-2014. This course will examine the history and evolution of the British army, from its difficult conception in the wake of the nation’s civil wars, through periods of ascendency, survival, imperialism, global conflict and most recently, the war on terror. For more information visit the 'courses' page, or click on one of the logos below.
The long-awaited Atlas and Concise History of the English Civil Wars (Wars of the Three Kingdoms) 1639-1651 was published by Osprey (Bloomsbury) Publishing in September 2020. This work is in the same format as Nick’s award-winning Peninsular War Atlas and has 156 colour maps to accompany the narrative. It is the first ever complete atlas of the wars and has been put together in conjunction with the Battlefields Trust, the Scottish Battlefields Trust and the National Civil War Centre, Newark.
See the Books Section for more information and feedback.
The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639–51