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England Under the Stuarts

(Folio Society History of England #6)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  4 reviews

An undisputed classic account of England in the years between 1603 and 1714, England Under the Stuarts charts 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 examine

Hardcover, Folio Society Edition, 503 pages
Published 1996 by Folio Society (first published November 1904)
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Sep 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Chris Fellows
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a history of England, from the accession of James 1 through the death of Anne. It is a whig history par excellence: the theme is "how England became a strong, prosperous and free country, despite danger and adversity."

Trevelyan is skeptical of the Stuart kings; he believes all three of them after James I had a deliberate desire to impose Catholic despotism on the country. This is probably wrong for both the Charleses. Charles II was crypto-Catholic; his father wasn't. And Charles II was
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Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very old fashioned history., but still an interesting read. Great prose, a window into a late Victorian mindset, and useful information on the politics of the period. Now I probably need to read something more recent as a supplement and corrective.
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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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