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The History of England From the Accession of James II - Volume One

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Hardcover, From the last London edition, 524 pages
Published 1850 by Harper & Brothers, Publishers (first published June 26th 1848)
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A.J. Howard
The 20th century wasn't very kind to The History of England's reputation as a work of history. I don't know the material well enough to speak to these criticisms, but I suppose there is a lot of substance behind them. Certainly Macaulay shows his biases and prejudices from time to time, probably enough to cause the modern reader to question the reliability of his narrative. But at the same time, who cares. Because whatever more modern and evenhanded historians may have over him, very few of them ...more
Robert
Jan 13, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through this book I wondered how I would explain to anyone why I was reading it. The first answer is, this interests me for some weird reason. The second reason is what attracts me to history. Looking into history gives you the long view for how we got here. It explains the influences that, for better or worse, have converged to create exactly now. Lastly, You can also see that's what's new is actually old, or merely a variation of something that went on before.
For instance, a lot of pat
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Jeremy Egerer
Dec 03, 2014 Jeremy Egerer rated it it was amazing
The rare combination between a literary masterpiece and a history book, and absolutely essential to understanding the development of civil rights in America. Insightful, powerful, gripping -- one of my favorite history books I've ever read. Going to read the rest of the series.
Carol Storm
Mar 10, 2011 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best History Book Ever Written!

If you are interested in historical romance at all, especially set in the years 1685 to 1700, you should buy this book. Macauley turns all of England's most important era into one big epic adventure.

First he shows the cruel, decadent, fanatical James II, scheming to destroy England forever by bringing back absolute monarchy, Catholicism, and torture.

Then he shows the heroic Prince William of Orange (and his beautiful English wife Mary) arriving just in time to sa
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Drayton Alan
Apr 03, 2015 Drayton Alan rated it really liked it
Very detailed accounts taught me a great deal I didn't know.
Timothy
Jan 16, 2015 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is fantastic. It may be of doubtful utility as a work of history; but I'm fairly ignorant about the time period, and this seems as good a place as any to start. I just hope I have the fortitude to stick with this title until the end.
Chris
More poems based on history than anything else. They're not bad; they're just kinda boring. The writings at the end, the poetry that is modern in topic is far better.
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Sep 21, 2012 Bcoghill Coghill rated it it was ok
Very comforting book. Puts me to sleep in no time.
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Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay PC (25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859) was a British poet, historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history. He also held political office as Secretary at War between 1839 and 1841 and Paymaster-General between 1846 and 1848.

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“Everywhere there is a class of men who cling with fondness to whatever is ancient, and who, even when convinced by overpowering reasons that innovation would be beneficial, consent to it with many misgivings and forebodings. We find also everywhere another class of men, sanguine in hope, bold in speculation, always pressing forward, quick to discern the imperfections of whatever exists, disposed to think lightly of the risks and inconveniences which attend improvements and disposed to give every change credit for being an improvement.” 0 likes
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