Montrose (History/16th/17th Century History) Hardcover – 23 Feb 1995
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Williams' book has been invaluable to me in understanding Montrose and the period. The book is tough to begin with and I was soon lost amongst the brother-in-laws, sons, sisters and early political life and turned off by the book. I went forward to the initial battles and his path from then on, but went back later to help cement the full story in my mind. The author does acknowledge some of the new views and figures on the battles and the less flattering view point on Montrose, but he is more in the mould of the old school and royalist minded historians. (More of a romantic John Buchan or Mowbray Morris than a critical Stuart Reid or John Barratt.) I've read many different books on the period and the facts and figures seem to be hugely different from book to book, but Williams quotes his sources and explains his stand on contentious periods of Montrose's life well. If you're looking for a detailed understanding of the man and the decisions and events that made him famous, this is a great book. If you're looking for easy reading and are brand new to the man and this period, start on something broader and then buy and enjoy this book.
In mid-seventeenth century Scotland, these divisions manifested themselves in a desperate struggle between those who supported the Royalists and the new Covenant movement which emerged in opposition to Charles's somewhat heavy-handed meddling in religious matters. Montrose of course came in time to lead the Scottish Royalist movement in the civil war and it is therefore inevitable that much of the book's focus details the Graham's life during this time. However, Williams provides us with a detailed account of the complex, intricate web of Scottish politics of the period, what caused the formation of the opposing factions and Montrose's motivations for switching from early support for the covenant to vehement opposition.
Williams does not strive to conceal his admiration for the Captain General, warming the reader to the Graham by portraying Montrose as a man of great integrity, intelligence and loyalty married with his more martial attributes of bravery, cunning and physical hardihood.Read more ›
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