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This review is from: The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in Seventeenth-century England (Hardcover)
'The Verneys' is based on a huge collection of letters kept by two generations of Verneys (a Buckinghamshire noble family) that was rediscovered in the 19th century. The book follows three generations of Verneys, including a renegade pirate ending up on the Barbary coast, a courtier of James I & Charles I who was killed at the battle of Edgehill, his son who struggled to keep the family going in the turbulent times of civil war and restoration and finally his sons, one of whom became a trader operating out of Aleppo. Tinniswood's writing is great - he knows what he is talking about and inserts some humor wherever possible. All in all a very fascinating look into the seventeenth century.