England has been at peace for as long as most people can remember - but there
are still battles being waged in its towns and villages.
Nearly 400 years ago Sir Jacob Astley set out for Oxford from the town of Bridgnorth
with a small army raised from Wales and the West. He was the king's last hope in
a disastrous civil war. But Astley did not reach the Royalist capital. His force
was attacked by Parliamentarian forces near to Stow on the Wold where the survivors
were locked in the local church and where blood flowed through the streets.
In today's battles there is little or no bloodshed - though blood pressure sometimes
runs dangerously high. In this book the Battle of Stow provides the backcloth to
the battles of today - battles that are taking place in many communities across the
country. These are the battles waged between residents and their politicians, between
ordinary people and big business, between the locals and the incomers, between those
with roots and those who are just passing through. Here the foot soldiers are more
likely to wield a pen or placard versus the pike or musket of the 17th century.