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England Under the Stuarts 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415277853
ISBN-10: 041527785X
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'A lively view of the Stuart sge, written with a flair and clarity that few modern historians can match.' - BBC History Magzine

About the Author

Trevelyan was an English historian whose work, written for the general reader as much as for the history student, shows an appreciation for the Whig traiditon in English thought and reflects a keen interest in the Anglo-Saxon element in the English constitution. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became the Regius Professor of modern history at Cambridge in 1927 and master of Trinity College in 1940, retiring in 1951.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (March 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041527785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415277853
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with the other reviewer that other books in simpler language might be better than this one. However, if one can overlook the ancient prose, this is a terrific historical find. As one who didn't know anything about Stuart England, I learned a lot from this and enjoyed how completely it covers the period. This is a good basis for English history.
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This is an excellent book to read in the Kindle edition because you have instant recourse to Wikipedia for places and 17th century names. It follows the plan of Macaulay in that it discusses social conditions. And it does so even better than he did, since Macaulay was writing in England in the middle of the 19th century and made comparisons to his time and place. It is a good read. The long sentences get where they are going, and the style is pithy and juicy.
Thomas Babington Macaulay's History of England covers almost the same period and is eminently worth reading also. Both books cover the changes that created the embryo of American Democracy which was delivered when the American Constitution was written. REad these books and discover how America came to be.
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In writing my first romance novel (A Wild & Regal Love)ROMANCE: Medieval Romance: A Wild and Regal Love: The Maiden's Wolf Brigade, An Ancient Historical Medieval Romance (Ancient World Historical Romance x Medieval to Regency Romance Book 1) , I used England Under the Stuarts as one of my reference guides. The author G.M. Trevelyan is remarkable in every way. He's a master historian who writes with authority, a strong cadence rife with relavancy and objectivitity.
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This book was first published at the beginning of the century, and the expected audience was educated Englishman. This means that Trevelyan assumes the reader is already very familiar with not only the general outline of the history but also of the individuals and the roles they play.

For example, to criticize James I he says he "deliberately chose Carr and Villiers." If you nodded knowingly, then you'll probably enjoy the book. But most Americans, unless they have a strong interest in the Stuart monarchy, probably say "Carr? Villiers? Who the heck are they?" Be prepared to say that frequently, and to read at least 20 pages (often more) before the casually thrown out reference is finally explained. If you remember it by the time you get there.

In addition, his writing style nears the heights (or depths) of Victorian impenetrability. Be prepared to reread a sentence a couple of times just to figure out what the subject and verb are, and what phrase modifies which noun. I'm not usually put off by difficult language, but this book went a little too far in that direction even for an individual who reads Dickens and Donne for fun.

Finally, the author's prejudices and opinions are in full display. This book was written before the expectation that an author should remain neutral, or at least not overtly biased, was firmly entrenched. In my opinion, this actually adds to the interest of the book rather than detracts from it, but the reader should keep in mind that the opinions expressed are strictly those of the author and not the unanimous verdict of history.

If you extremely interested in the time of the Stuarts, then you will probably find this book fascinating in its presentation of the historical judgement of 100 years ago. If you are not already well informed on the subject and not a fan of complex language where plain would do, then you'll be better off looking elsewhere.
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