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Monmouth's Rebels: The Road to Sedgemoor 1685 Hardcover – 27 Oct 1977

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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson; 1st Edition edition (27 Oct. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297773844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297773849
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book because I am writing on a similar topic, and wondered how Earle would deal with his subject. I was highly impressed with this academic book, full of maps, pictures, an index and footnotes. It is just what a book of this type should be; properly researched and full of original insights and analysis. The author discusses who the rebels were, their motivation and their campaign. But he also considers the reactions of the government and its supporters and the challenges they were faced with in England and Holland, as well as the dilemnas of the rebels. Naturally he is sympathetic towards the rebels, but he does not fall into the pitfall of demonising their opponents either. The book also serves to undermine myths built up around the subject made by propagandists and earlier historians.

The few points which could have been better are the lack of a proper military appreciation of weapons and tactics, and an overview of the system of county and parish government to those unaware of it. Furthermore, the occasional referring to this as the last English rebellion could have alluded to the Jacobite rebellions; that of 1715 included at the very least nearly 1,000 English participants, though of a different social and religious make up than the ones discussed here. Whereas 1685 was the last entirely English rebellion, that of 1715 should also be discussed.

However, those are relatively minor caveats in what is an extremely good study of the social as well as the military and political dimensions of this interesting period of English history.
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If, like myself, you need to research the Monmouth Rebellion, this book ranks among the best.

Although this text is a bit limited it should be read first before reading primary source material. It led me to an important historical document, that I would not have come across, if it was not for the work of the fantastic Mr Earle.

If you like this book, I can also highly recommend other works by him on this period of history. There is no one else that captures late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century period with such clarity.
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Just as expected.
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Pleased with arrival, as I was quite late ordering this.
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