Peter Ackroyd has written a very informative account of most of the Stuart Period, starting with James I in 1603 and ending with the Glorious Revolution in 1688. The reigns of William and Mary and Anne are excluded from this book and are included instead in the next volume in the series. The book has been written in a very readable style that makes it accessible to the layman. As well as focusing on the kings and leading statesmen, the author has cleverly interspersed the historical narrative with shorter chapters on key thinkers and writers of the time, such as Bacon, Milton, Hobbes, Newton and Pepys, which both adds to the readability and brings out the cultural achievements of the time.
An excellent read for anyone interested in the Stuarts.