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Dynasty: The Stuarts: 1560-1807

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In 1630, the ascension of King James VI of Scotland to the English throne, whereupon he became known as James I, finally united Britain under one rule. If that was not enough, his legacy in Western tradition was secured when he commission the standardized translation of the Holy Bible that still bears his names. his descendants, the Stuart dynasty, ruled into the next cent ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 20th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Oct 17, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it
Having read a few books devoted to different people and aspects of the Stuart years, I was looking for this kind of overview. This book did the job and had the dimension of a Scottish perview -quite fitting since this is the home of the Stuarts.

I'm a lay reader, but found this complicated story easy to follow with the expection of some of the church politics, esp. those of the Kirk.

The section on Mary Queen of Scotts (whose story is well known) was a bit long, but otherwise the balance was good.
Dec 05, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: british-history
Updated review: Obviously not as comprehensive as the title might suggest, but a decent primer. The author says right in the preface his work "makes no pretence to original scholarship, but is drawn from a huge variety of other writers." That should put any reader on alert and encourage a degree of skepticism. What is disturbing (if, sadly, not surprising) is the author's comments on homosexuality. He readily accepts the "accusation" as confirmation of poor character in those he does not like wh ...more
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Mar 02, 2015 Richard Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: scottish-history
An enjoyable read especially in conjunction with Crown of Thistles. It is rather less scholarly but races through the Stewart's ascent to the British throne and their loss of it through religion and ill judgement.
Sep 16, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
There was a lot of interesting information, but I've never read a book of this sort with so many fragments and comma splices. That was annoying.
Feb 25, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
This book was informative and not-too-dry for a history. I enjoyed it! The Stuarts were pretty fascinating people.
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