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Impressive Detail but not incisive
on 23 December 2010
Uglow has obviously done alot of research and background reading but this portrait of Charles II was frustratingly lacking in a cohesive thread and fell short of a real understanding of the subject. Uglow covered alot of events and people but this made for a disjoint and uneven read. Charles II may have been an enigma and covering only the period from 1660 to 1670 meant that the reader only got a sketchy background to what made Charles act and behave the way he did. For example his tolerance of the behaviour and actions of Buckingham. The period was obviously full of drama and scandal and intrigue but I feel for all the period detail, the over 500 pages of reading was not rewarded by any useful insight.