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Civil War: The History of England Volume III


Civil War: The History of England Volume III

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    Peter Ackroyd(Author)

In Civil War, Peter Ackroyd continues his dazzling account of England's history, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ends with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson, James II. The Stuart dynasty brought together the two nations of England and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm still marked by political divisions that echo to this day. More importantly, perhaps, the Stuart era was marked by the cruel depredations of civil war, and the killing of a king.

Ackroyd paints a vivid portrait of James I and his heirs. Shrewd and opinionated, the new King was eloquent on matters as diverse as theology, witchcraft and the abuses of tobacco, but his attitude to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the division that would split the country in the reign of his hapless heir, Charles I. Ackroyd offers a brilliant - warts and all - portrayal of Charles's nemesis Oliver Cromwell, Parliament's great military leader and England's only dictator, who began his career as a political liberator but ended it as much of a despot as 'that man of blood', the king he executed.

England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton and Thomas Hobbes' great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Civil War also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

The third volume of Peter Ackroyd's magisterial six-part History of England, taking readers from the accession of the first Stuart king, James I, to the overthrow of his grandson, James II

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  • PDF | 512 pages
  • Peter Ackroyd(Author)
  • Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (25 Sept. 2014)
  • English
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  • By golf3charlieromeohotel on 3 January 2015

    History, a subject I found difficult at school, brought to life and made so interesting and easy to assimilate.I do appreciate Peter's Ackroyd' style.

  • By Mr D J Workman on 4 April 2017

    Completely satisfied with product and service.

  • By Guest on 26 April 2017

    Very entertaining record

  • By perseka on 17 October 2014

    CANNOT WAIT FOR VOLUME IVPeter Ackroyd is wonderful at giving snippets of information that are generally lacking in other works. Instead of James II abdicated - we get James II "rose from his bed and departed through a conveniently opened back door ........" This event should have settled the issue - but we know from 1715 and 1745 it did not.And what was the issue? Simply - who had the right to rule - king or parliament? The answer - those who have the ability. Enter Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector. In eight months Cromwell and the council, in the absence of parliament (too much talk and not enough action), passed more than eighty ordinances. The postal service was reformed, prisons and highways improved, and the treasury re-organised. Christmas, duals, cock-fighting, bear baiting, swearing and drunkenness, were banned, and Opera and music flourish.The cost to human life was astronomical. Not until 1914 were the numbers exceeded. What was the result? Parliament did win the war, and science begun to flourished, but without this interlude would this have happened? Who knows.

  • By sophietrophy on 17 May 2015

    Peter Ackroyd is a class act. The book is wonderful and you cannot do better than buy everything he writes!

  • By C. Hawkins on 22 May 2015

    Another instant classic from Peter Ackroyd. Each of his English History series has so far been simply a masterpiece in its own right, collectively they are some of the most vital and vibrant books I have ever read. I cannot recommend this and the others too highly. As ever Ackroyd manages to combine the great moments of history, with the sense of time, place and people. Effortless and wonderfully written from Kings and Politicians to the every day person in the street all captured in his unique and wonderful style.

  • By Giles Christian on 31 October 2014

    I pray for longevity for Peter Ackroyd, so he can finish the remaining 3 volumes of this incredible series. Although some won't like his style, I love the way he has always has an eye for the side roads - the overlooked aspects of history. The narrative constantly digresses, revealing fascinating detail that runs alongside the mainstream. The Peter Ackroyd book of fascinating anecdotes would run to hundreds of volumes. He writes about subjects he has a genuine love for - and thankfully there are many! This book features one of England's darker periods and Ackroyd has a wonderful eye for darkness. Read them all and wait for the next installments with great anticipation.

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