Laid out in a clear and easily-accessible manner, this is a competently-written and sensible text to use for the transition from GCSE to A Level. Linking closely to the AS examination for which it is written (as you would expect), it is well-structured and has some helpful examination-style assessments with comments about examination style and technique. This is a complex period but Farr's text provides a clear route through it and can be used to form the basis of wider research. Illustrations have been generally well-chosen, although the lack of some contemporary news-sheet illustrations of the Irish Rebellion is a major omission when explaining to students the importance of that event on popular opinion in England. Some of the cartoons included (as light relief?) are a little bizarre. A couple of errors have also crept into the text - the standout one being the mis-quoting of the title of Richard Montagu's 1624 tract "A New Gagg for an Old Goose" as "An Old Gagg for a New Goose"! Running it close though is the immortal line when describing the actions of the Scots after the Second Bishops' War in 1640, that they "went on to occupy Scotland". Perhaps better proof-reading would have been helpful. Nevertheless this still makes an acceptable starting point.