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England Under the Stuarts (Folio Society History of England #6)

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An undisputed classic, England Under the Stuarts is an account of England in the years between 1603 and 1714, charting England's progress from a 'great nation' to a 'great empire'.

G. M. Trevelyan's masterful narrative explores the major events of this period, which witnessed the upheavals of Civil War, the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution. While never neglecting to
Paperback, 568 pages
Published March 21st 2002 by Routledge (first published November 1904)
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This is a splendid account of the turbulent 17th century. Trevelyan argues that England differed from other European socieites at in that its great lords were much closer, in social and economic terms, to the rural gentry they had emerged from a generation or so before. This weakened the appeal of royalist absolutism amongst the national elites, and also maintained continuity of values across the gradations of the social hierarchy.

The efforts of the Stuart monarchy to construct a social bloc out
This was written in a splendidly engaging style, and made clear to me much that had hitherto been obscure - though this clarity is already fading in my mind behind a tangle of names which, being unexaminable, inevitably become confused in my memory.

Primarily it is the story of how the prototype of modern representative democracy developed its distinctive and laudable features through a process driven by selfish interest, tragic miscalculation, and the occasional joke:

"The Act of Habeas Corpus it
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George Macaulay Trevelyan, OM, CBE, FRS, FBA, was an English historian. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose staunch liberal Whig principles he espoused in accessible works of literate narrative avoiding a consciously dispassionate analysis, that became old-fashioned during his long and productive career. Contemporar ...more
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