The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain
The Royal Stuarts ruled for over 300 years in Scotland and for a century as the Royal Family of Britain and Ireland. They were leading actors in the foremost political dramas of British history the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War and the Restoration and remain the most controversial and divisive of royal families.
Drawing on the accounts of historians past and present, novels and plays, Allan Massie tells the familys full story, from the salt marshes of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England, and then eventual exile. A book which gets beyond the received generalisations, The Royal Stuarts takes us deep into the lives of figures like Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I and Bonnie Prince Charlie, uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries, the brave and capable, the weak and foolish.
Told with panache and pace, adventurous and opinionated, this is a nuanced history of that remarkable family who, for better or worse, shaped our history and made our country what it is.
`stirring and eloquent account of the Stuarts' --Scotland on Sunday'A highly readable and impressively panoramic history' -- The Scotsman`This is old-fashioned history, story-centred, monarch-focused, often judgemental. Yet these aspects are part of this saga's compelling readability...' -- FT'Lively and jauntily paced history' -- Sunday Times'arguments and issues, and the storyteller's gift for picking out... key actions or remarks...bring a person's character to life.'-- Sunday Telegraph`[Massie] combines dry wit and fondness for well constructed sentences with a novelist's sense of the enlivening detail.'-- Daily Express'A pleasure to read and psychologically compelling' -- The Spectator"It drips with blood, cruelty and tears... Evocative, visceral - haunting" --Daily Telegraph`To read the Stuart story delivered as strongly and as plainly as this is unexpectedly exhilarating and full of anticipations of more recent national and political history.'--The Observer, Brian Morton
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