- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First Edition edition (19 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844157547
- ISBN-13: 978-1844157549
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sweet William or the Butcher?: The Duke of Cumberland and the '45 Hardcover – 19 May 2008
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Pen and Sword can't tell me if this is a widespread problem, because they don't have a copy in the office to look at, but the fact the one copy was an Ex Lib from Cumbernauld Library makes me wonder how many are getting to the end of the book....
You only have to read the various quotations used to realise that (as pointed out by a previous reviewer)this is a massively biased piece of work,using selective information which in any case fails to convince the reader to accept the author's opinion.Too many oversimplified opinions lacking hard evidence to back it up,this book contradicts hundreds of accounts of the government army's behaviour post-Culloden.It is rather alarming to read the authors opinion that this behaviour was required to bring the Jacobites to heel.
It is all very well looking at both points of view (Jacobite and Hanoverian)without 'sneering' at them,as a previous reviewer commented,it is also very easy for an author to declare his work to be unbiased,it is however another thing to put this impartiallity into practice and in this Jonathan Oates fails miserably.
Another author frequently referred to in the piece is Stuart Reid 'the leading authority on the subject of the '45' who refutes 'fashionable but silly assertions that the British army engaged in genocide or ethnic-cleansing.' The reasons Dr Oates uses to point to Reid's impartiallity are that he is Scottish and a Scots Nationalist therefore the review done on Amazon accusing him of 'Anti-Scottish racism' and 'white-washing the British army's actions after Culloden' are a load of old tosh. Scottish Nationalism at the time of the '45 was a convenient tool used by genuine supporters of the House of Stuart to promote and accumulate followers to their cause.Read more ›
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If all you have read previously is the pro Jacobite views in the majority of the publications on this subject, this will help you achieve a more balanced understandingPublished 5 months ago by P. D. Perduniak
This is a thoroughly researched and balanced review of The Duke of Cumberland's role in the quashing of the '45 rebellion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lampsthelurcher
From the title you would assume this is an unbiased book. It is not. This is an author who feels that Cumberland has had an underserved bad reputation. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2010 by Anna Geddes
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