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The '45: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Untold Story of the Jacobite Rising Paperback – July 1, 2007

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Dr Christopher Duffy was a Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst. He is the author of numerous books and studies including THE ARMY OF FREDERICK THE GREAT and SIEGE WARFARE
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753822628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753822623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John D. Mackintosh on November 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Most books dealing with the 1745-46 rebellion maintain a steady focus on Prince Charles Edward Stuart while others deal strictly with Culloden, the penultimate engagement of that campaign. Christopher Duffy's book is EVENT focussed rather than personality driven and as such places the famed Bonnie Prince in context of the events that swirled around his ill-fated attempt to recapture the British throne for the House of Stuart. Eschewing romanticism, the reader is treated to a highly datailed, map laden treasure trove of knowledge conveyed by this master of 18th century warfare. Weapons and tactics, the weather and landscape, civilians,the common soldiers on both sides, Generals Cope, Wade, Murray, Hawley, Lord Loudon, and, of course, the Duke of Cumberland are all pictured amidst the rise and fall of the fortunes of war. The comprehensive treatment yields a full picture of the rebellions impact across the landscape of Scotland in areas where the Stuart Prince never went. For example, we learn of Jacobites in Orkney, naval engagements that were key in depriving the Jacobite forces of much needed supplies and gold, and even read that the remote islands of St. Kilda were briefly and non-violently touched by what transpired. The bibliograpy and accompanying footnotes could prove invaluable to those wishing to learn more about the 1745-46 campaign.

The aborted Jacobite march on London is fully covered and I think the author correctly concludes that the decision to turn back at Derby doomed the Stuart cause and represented a major loss of momentum that could never be regained, no matter what future victories loomed.
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Format: Paperback
Christopher Duffy is one of the top living military historians, and with this volume, he began to seriously examine the Jacobite Wars. The entire conflict, not just Culloden. He presents a particularly thorough analysis of the battlespace and the engagements...and Prince Charles Edward Stuart emerges as a far better leader than popular myth would have you think.

Duffy's newer "Fight for a Throne" incorporates much of the material from this book, but there are some items presented here not duplicated in the later volume. Equipment, in particular, is covered in significantly more detail in this book.
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