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England Under the Stuarts [Kindle Edition]

G.M. Trevelyan

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'A lively view of the Stuart sge, written with a flair and clarity that few modern historians can match.' - BBC History Magzine

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An undisputed classic, England Under the Stuarts is an account of England in the years between 1603 and 1714, charting England's progress from a 'great nation' to a 'great empire'.


G. M. Trevelyan's masterful narrative explores the major events of this period, which witnessed the upheavals of Civil War, the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution. While never neglecting to examine the conditions of English life, this celebrated historian highlights the liberty and toleration that emerged during these years.


Almost a century after its first publication, and now with a new introduction by John Morrill, Trevelyan's thorough survey of the Stuart age remains certain to inform and delight anybody with an interest in this period of English history.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2338 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (16 Dec 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDE2JRS
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tough read for those new to the subject 19 Nov 2005
By A Cabbit - - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was first published at the beginning of the century, and the expected audience was educated Englishman. This means that Trevelyan assumes the reader is already very familiar with not only the general outline of the history but also of the individuals and the roles they play.

For example, to criticize James I he says he "deliberately chose Carr and Villiers." If you nodded knowingly, then you'll probably enjoy the book. But most Americans, unless they have a strong interest in the Stuart monarchy, probably say "Carr? Villiers? Who the heck are they?" Be prepared to say that frequently, and to read at least 20 pages (often more) before the casually thrown out reference is finally explained. If you remember it by the time you get there.

In addition, his writing style nears the heights (or depths) of Victorian impenetrability. Be prepared to reread a sentence a couple of times just to figure out what the subject and verb are, and what phrase modifies which noun. I'm not usually put off by difficult language, but this book went a little too far in that direction even for an individual who reads Dickens and Donne for fun.

Finally, the author's prejudices and opinions are in full display. This book was written before the expectation that an author should remain neutral, or at least not overtly biased, was firmly entrenched. In my opinion, this actually adds to the interest of the book rather than detracts from it, but the reader should keep in mind that the opinions expressed are strictly those of the author and not the unanimous verdict of history.

If you extremely interested in the time of the Stuarts, then you will probably find this book fascinating in its presentation of the historical judgement of 100 years ago. If you are not already well informed on the subject and not a fan of complex language where plain would do, then you'll be better off looking elsewhere.
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