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Makers of History: Charles I (Makers of History #1)

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1848)
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Dave
Feb 23, 2012 Dave rated it liked it
Shameful as it is for an English person to admit, I am largely ignorant of this chapter of English history - or at least I was until I read this book! Obviously since this book was written there will have been many different analyses of the events of Charles' life, and so some of the theories regarding why things happened as they did might seem very dated to people more familiar with the subject matter.

For an outline of what actually took place and when, I thought this book did a decent job of
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Andrea Hickman Walker
This was quite interesting. I knew of all the major related events, though I finally have a vague understanding of how Presbyterianism differs from other forms of Christianity, but I had my time lines messed up. I had thought Oliver Cromwell played a bigger part in the revolution and was very interested in the role played by the Parliamentary Houses, especially the House of Commons. I did feel the tone failed at presenting a balanced viewpoint. I was thinking that Buckingham, Strafford, Laud and ...more
Dayla
Oct 22, 2014 Dayla rated it it was amazing
Spoiled and not quite able to see when he should play his cards, and when he should fold, Charles I was probably a victim of his times.


Excellent book for audio format. One "hears" about Charles I and his beheading and all, and one's reaction to such is one of sympathy.

Yes, he was the first English King to have the Parliment order his own beheading.

But after listening to Abbott's description of Charles I' long and often lucky life, I felt that his death sentence beat a natural death by merely a
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David  Shannon
Fine if all you want is a quick easy to read synopsis of his life and reign

A bit dated and the author's tendency to want to draw comparisons to American democracy was a bit odd. This is not terribly detailed but covers the highlights of the life of King Charles I. I picked this up after reading a book on the English civil war hoping to get more insight on the person of Charles but really just ended up with a high level overview of what I had read about the war. It does cover a bit about his chil
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Michael Stolle
Jan 12, 2014 Michael Stolle rated it liked it
Tedious reading, but interesting enough in some aspects. Very biased, the author constantly waves the tea party flag (the original one, not the copy party of nowadays :) )

Guess that there are better books out there on this era - and yet there's some good and genuine research behind and it gives an authentic flavour of the British court life of Charles I - and in how far the sovereigns had become the puppets on the strings of some powerful families.

Scott Harris
Jan 11, 2013 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
This is a simple and sympathetic account of the life and reign of Charles I - whose leadership endured terrible relationships with the still formulating Parliament and ultimately descended into civil war. Abbott is a fairly compassionate author who strives to portray all his major characters with dignity and humanity and avoids falling into patterns of demonizing one in favour of another. A good introduction to many readers to this historical period.
Chris Cook
Oct 23, 2014 Chris Cook rated it it was ok
Brief but informative biography. Leaves you wanting more detail, though.
Rick Davis
And so that, children, is where Presbyterians come from...
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Abbott was born at Hallowell, Maine to Jacob and Betsey Abbott. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820; studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824; was tutor in 1824-1825, and from 1825 to 1829 was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies ...more
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