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Shallow, exceedingly long and very short of details on how and why things happened
on 16 December 2016
Lots of details but this is closer to celebrity watch than history. Yes kings in general make a few decisions, marry a few wifes and start a few war. But all of this is taking place in a land which has agriculture that supports people - or not -, transport, technology, trade, etc. In my world, agriculture makes a surplus or not, People are able to grow or not, good are transported or not, there is a monetary mass or not to fluidify Commercial Exchanges, there is a rising Bourgeoisie and craftmen which also generate a Surplus, and thus become a ready market for any agriculural Surplus, etc. None of this mentioned, so in Antonia's teenager-like view of world, Charles II has no money and gets things somehow.
This is a turgid read and closer to retrospective celebrity watch than actual history. My definition of history is what happened, how and why. This is not it. After reading Richard Pipes on Russian history, I can no longer abide by this vapid type of historical celebrity watch.