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Rebellion: Britain's First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642

Rebellion: Britain's First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642 [Kindle Edition]

Tim Harris
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[Harris] has written one of the best accounts available of what led to war ... He has produced one of the most comprehensive and multifaceted accounts of the time of his generation" Jerry Brotton, Sunday Times For anyone wanting a succinct and reliable guide to the impact of the Stuart government in all its constituent territories, this book will henceforth be the starting point of choice Rebellion is a work of ambitious range, elegant concision and unfailingly, stimulating argument. John Adamson, Literary Review It is a thoroughly convincing portrait, fluently sustained through such a large and readable book, and a such deserves to take its place as the standard student text on the period. Ronald Hutton, Times Higher Education Harris provides a thrilling narrative with plenty of solid history and some surprises along the way. Steve Craggs, Northern Echo

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A gripping new account of one of the most important and exciting periods of British and Irish history: the reign of the first two Stuart kings, from 1567 to the outbreak of civil war in 1642 - and why ultimately all three of their kingdoms were to rise in rebellion against Stuart rule.

Both James VI and I and his son Charles I were reforming monarchs, who endeavoured to bolster the authority of the crown and bring the churches in their separate kingdoms into closer harmony with one another. Many of James's initiatives proved controversial - his promotion of the plantation of Ulster, his reintroduction of bishops and ceremonies into the Scottish kirk, and his stormy relationship with his English parliaments over religion and finance - but he just about got by. Charles, despite
continuing many of his father's policies in church and state, soon ran into difficulties and provoked all three of his kingdoms to rise in rebellion: first Scotland in 1638, then Ireland in 1641, and finally England in 1642.

Was Charles's failure, then, a personal one; was he simply not up to the job? Or was the multiple-kingdom inheritance fundamentally unmanageable, so that it was only a matter of time before things fell apart? Did perhaps the way that James sought to address his problems have the effect of making things more difficult for his son? Tim Harris addresses all these questions and more in this wide-ranging and deeply researched new account, dealing with high politics and low, constitutional and
religious conflict, propaganda and public opinion across the three kingdoms - while also paying due attention to the broader European and Atlantic contexts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3492 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199209006
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, full of interest 26 Mar 2014
By Bob1
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Good value, full of interest. Anyone interested in this period of history should read this book. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable new book on early Stuarts 9 April 2014
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This marvellously written book really draws together the history of the early Stuart kings and creates a compelling and readable narrative that can be used by undergraduates, sixth formers and the general reader. Bang up to date as a synthesis of scholarship, I heartily recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written and lucid summary of complex period 24 April 2014
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Professor Harris' summary of conditions which led to the Civil War is wonderfully and lucidly presented. The reigns of James I and Charles I, and the difficulties that each faced, are set out. Likewise, the personalities of each which, in part, presaged their failures are also well presented.

I would and have recommended these books to others. Perhaps, inevitably, this book might be a bit difficult without some background knowledge of the period. Yet, Professor Harris is better than most professional historians in providing a background for the non-professional reader.
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