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Excellent - meticulously researched yet easy to read and entertaining.,
This review is from: God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England (Kindle Edition)
God's Traitors is neither a hagiography or a - what I like to call it - "High History" book that focuses on major political events and turning points, analyzing them from a conventional historical perspective. Rather, it follows the Vaux family and its entourage around England a time of fierce anti-Catholic persecution.
The book's task is clearly that of setting out and detailing the everyday existence of a fairly standard noble family during trying times. It does so magnificently and, by reading it, one can clearly grasp the trials and sufferings they had to endure. As such, it reads very much as a novel, even though the actual twists and turns recorded therein are - as hard as it is to believe - historical facts. The author has clearly undertaken a vast research in order to record said history very precisely, and has presented the information in a manner that makes it accessible to both the mature historian, the budding academic, as well as the average novel-reader. In sum: a must-read for all!