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Strafford: Thomas Wentworth Earl of Strafford 1593-1641 - A Revaluation Paperback – 23 Nov 2000

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  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson; New edition (23 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842120816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842120811
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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HASH(0x9435bc54) out of 5 stars Excellent biography! 25 Aug. 2005
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Thomas Wentworth is a name probably little known to most Americans but he was one of the most important personalities that served the crown during the reign of Charles I prior to the English Civil War. C.V. Wedgwood wrote this book as a revaluation of her earlier work when she didn't have the access to many of Wentworth's papers. What we have here now is a more balanced view of Wentworth's life and his contributions to history. To many, he was known in history as Earl of Strafford although he held his earldom title for less then a year before his death at the hand of a man whom he so ably served. Some movie goers will remembered that title from that movie "Cromwell" where he make a brief appearance.

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.
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HASH(0x945d0900) out of 5 stars Well Written, Meticulously Researched Biography 7 April 2014
By Rocky - Published on
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This book is unusual. Well-written biographies frequently suffer from superficial research. Well-researched biographies are frequently poorly written. This book is both well-written and well-researched. What a treat!

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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HASH(0x945f8738) out of 5 stars More then I expected! 10 Sept. 2011
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I was reading this same book that I had borrowed. I wanted my own copy and found it on Amazon. I was so pleased when it arrived as it was much bigger then the book I was reading with larger print. This book was even easier to read. Thanks again to the seller as the book that was sold as used, looks like it was new off the shelf.
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