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Thorough and Thought-provoking,
This review is from: Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot (Paperback)
There are two types of history books nowadays: the popular versions which use a readable style and concentrate on events; and the academic style which are less digestible and more demanding of the reader. With this book Ms Fraser has plotted a central path which has produced a very readable book (indeed, I read it on a succession of plane flights) yet conceded nothing to popular history.
The style is exciting and intriguing, which provokes that rare desire to keep on reading. The book is written with a clear aim of showing how and why the Gunpowder Conspirators found themselves acting as they did and it shows the many flavours of opinion which existed at the time. Most intriguing is the way Ms Fraser reveals the opposition the plotters faced from the Catholic establishment and the extent to which the King and Government created the situation in which some people felt driven to attempt Regicide on a grand scale.
An exciting read with strong academic value.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2007 4:49:26 PM PST
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Ronald Tipton says:
Good review. Concise and to the point. It answered my question, is this book readable yet full of history? Yes.
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