Clan, King and Covenant: The History of the Highland Clans from the Civil War to the Glencoe Massacre Paperback – 20 Jan 2000
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A clear introductory survey of complex developments Worthy of attention for those uninitiated in the seventeenth century struggles between the House of Stuart and their opponents in the Highlands. Roberts writes with clarity, and his book is accessible ... there is an important place for narrative historical writing A clear introductory survey of complex developments Worthy of attention for those uninitiated in the seventeenth century struggles between the House of Stuart and their opponents in the Highlands. Roberts writes with clarity, and his book is accessible ... there is an important place for narrative historical writing
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John L Roberts is DECEASED - Jessie Roberts (wife) is his literary executor at the
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The book is not academically rigorous with a bibliography but no detailed annotations or references. That's not all bad of course; the text is fairly easy to follow but in my opinion, it's a bit drier than it needs to be. In common with many narrative histories, the maps provided are wholly inadequate for anybody without the author's geographical knowledge of the area in question. This is especially the case since some place names have changed. For the omission of a few pages of maps (there is a single page showing only the main battles), I felt as if I really needed to be sitting in front of a full size map of Scotland to really understand some of what was happening. Another detraction from clarity is the way characters are often mentioned as they enter the narrative of events without any introduction or biography, leaving the reader wondering if he has missed something.
The book is neither rigorous nor original enough to be useful as academic history; neither is it as clear or compelling as the best of popular narrative history. Also, I don't think the RRP offers great value for money for a fairly short book. Despite these criticisms, it's still an interesting and informative read.
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