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This review is from: The King's Henchman: Henry Jermyn, Stuart Spymaster and Architect of the British Empire (Hardcover)
This is a well-considered book, heavy on facts and generally persuasive. The author has a tendency to dramatic reconstruction that may irritate some, but this appears less as the book continues. The font is unusually large, for which my eyes were grateful. The focus on Jermyn's architectural development was especially interesting. I feel that more might have been made of the Royal family's connections - the names Henry and Henrietta are not unusual if the grandfather is Henri, the mother Henriette/Henrietta and the uncle Henry, and although Charles I was short, his father, mother and brother were all described as tall, making Charles II's height (remarkable for the era) a little less so.
Unfortunately, the editing is deplorably sloppy. The index is basic and not always accurate (e.g. the last entry for Mary, Princess of Orange should be 223-5, not 253-5) and the proofreading appears to have stopped at checking that every printed word was a real word. Words are repeated or omitted, and it is sometimes difficult to ascertain what the author meant; the nonsensical phrase "he was prompted to became" (sic) should probably be "he was promoted to become", for example. Grammar is inconsistent; one person is "thirty five-year old", while another is "twenty-five year-old".
Because of the poor presentation of this work, I have changed what would have been 5 stars to 4.