Strafford: Thomas Wentworth Earl of Strafford 1593-1641 - A Revaluation Paperback – 23 Nov 2000
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About the Author
C.V. Wedgwood, one of the only two women to be made a member of the Order of Merit, began writing history when she was a child. Her first book was published in 1935 and she went on to specialise in the English, Scottish and European sixteenth centuries.
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The books read very easily and the author's writing skills proves to be superb. She can make the most mundane matter bit more interesting then it should be. The book appears to be well researched, you get a clear understanding of who Thomas Wentworth was and why he did what he did, as a ruthless servant of the crown and his desire for power and acknowledgement from his leige lord, Charles I. If he had survived to serve Charles I during the Civil War, he would have been a great service to him.
Overall, a great book about a little known political figure who had an impact on English history.
I read this book because I recently learned that I am probably descended from this man. My grandfather, whom I now know was a descendant of Thomas Wentworth, loved to tell his grandchildren about their family history. But American families tend to stop at the water's edge and forget the people who lived in the old country! He was no exception. Because of my grandfather, I dabble in genealogy from time to time. I am not stopped by the water's edge. No one in my immediate family remembers the First Earl of Strafford. The man who emerges in this book certainly deserves to be remembered.
I believe the First Earl of Strafford would be proud of his descendants. "Thomas Wentworth" is a name, which has been handed down in our American family since the Massachusetts Bay Colony. One descendant, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, is quite well-known. He was ardently opposed to slavery, financed John Brown, and commanded the First Black Regiment in the Civil War. After the war, he became an ardent supporter of equality for women. He was also editor of the Atlantic magazine. When he held a contest for young poets, he discovered Emily Dickinson. They formed a close relationship. When she died, she bequeathed all of her poems to him.
In this generation a young child is named Thomas Wentworth. I plan to send his parents a copy of this book!
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