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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
For some one who is not an academic but a passing observer I found this book an essential read par excellence. It is informative, at times philosophical but most interesting it argues history as well as it reports it.
Combining the three Kingdoms and Charles's II cunning skill in overcoming the political as well as the social and religious obstacles is well...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but...
This is a book of painstaking scholarship, accurate, balanced and logically laid out. It also neatly fills a hole that existed in the analysis of the politics of the reign of Charles II. However, it is very much a "text book" - useful for searching for facts to support an argument in an essay but not a particularly enjoyable read. Some academics have the knack of making...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but..., 12 May 2011
This review is from: Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms, 1660-1685 (Paperback)
This is a book of painstaking scholarship, accurate, balanced and logically laid out. It also neatly fills a hole that existed in the analysis of the politics of the reign of Charles II. However, it is very much a "text book" - useful for searching for facts to support an argument in an essay but not a particularly enjoyable read. Some academics have the knack of making even exciting periods of history rather dull, the author of this book appears to be one of this ilk.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Jun. 2009
For some one who is not an academic but a passing observer I found this book an essential read par excellence. It is informative, at times philosophical but most interesting it argues history as well as it reports it.
Combining the three Kingdoms and Charles's II cunning skill in overcoming the political as well as the social and religious obstacles is well reported; bringing to life the true forces working together to ensure his eventual achievment of absolutism.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent piece of scholarship, 10 April 2005
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This is a much-needed reassessment of politics under the later Stuarts which manages both to include the (usually forgotten) kingdoms of Scotland and Ireland and - perhaps most significantly - to embrace the role of popular politics in the Glorious Revolution.
In essence this work involves a controversial personal statement by Harris who clearly has his own vision of what 1680s politics was all about - affecting ALL the Stuart kingdoms, involving ALL of the subjects of those realms and (most controversially) including a genuine and successful 'Revolution'. Unlike other weaker historians (e.g. David Starkey), however, Harris takes great pains in his introduction to explain and justify his points as well as recognising that other views of the period exist. This means that while one does not always agree with his views (such as over the importance of 1688 compared to 1649) there can be no doubting the rigour and genuine quality of his scholarship.
In particular, in his pleasingly authoritative and engaging style Harris has succeeded in presenting Charles II in a way that followers of TV 'history' and period dramas will find strange - a largely ineffective monarch who was incapable of understanding the bitter and savage nature of Restoration politics and one who was completely out of touch with the majority of the peoples who inhabited his kingdoms. The myth of the 'Merrie Monarch' is thus well and truly dismantled!
This work is a valuable contribution to the study of politics under the later Stuarts and deserves a wide audience. I for one cannot wait for the second volume (out next year)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite historical period, 7 Jan. 2013
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Written from a different aspect and this was refreshing. A good writing style that had plenty of pace and again made me feel it was only yesterday when Charles was on the throne.
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