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I'm left in two minds about this book. On one hand the author claims to have access to previously unavailable evidence about the politics behind the Stuart involvement in the Jacobite uprising of 1745, and spends a fair part of the book laying out this groundwork. On the other hand there is an error on the first page that is so jarring that it calls into question the author's fact-checking and research abilities. Add to this the clear hatred of her subject matter and it leaves me feeling that I ...more
An unsympathetic, unflattering picture emerges of Bonnie Prince Charlie in this biography, not the usual romantic portrayal that most Americans have come to either believe, or choose to believe. The author has done her homework, though, and has the resource material to back up her descriptions of the prince, both as a young man in Scotland and later in France and Italy. Although I could have done without a few of the military descriptions, this was a book well worth reading. 3.5 ***
Feb 11, 2014 Deedee rated it really liked it
Susan Maclean Kybett hates Charles Edward Stuart with a passion uncommonly seen in history books. Every fact she interprets in the most negative way possible. Apparently Charles Edward Stuart was a drunken grifter who took advantage of Scotsmen's youthful idealism. I'm glad I read this because usually Charles Edward Stuart is portrayed in a heroic light, and it was useful to consider that the same facts can be "spun" to show him in a negative light.