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Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

Category: Book
By (author): Ackroyd, Peter
Series: History Of England
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  HISTORY / Europe / Western
  HISTORY / Revolutionary
  HISTORY / Social History
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.23in x 6.07in x 1.40in
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From The Publisher*Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England. The Stuart monarchy brought 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. Shrewd and opinionated, James I 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 during 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 rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of Donne and Milton and Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion 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.
Review Quote*Splendid… Ackroyd keeps things moving briskly along by alternating between weighty matters of state and vignettes of everyday life. An accomplished novelist, he has an eye for the revelatory digression. - The New York Times Book Review "Appropriately detailed, beautifully written… will leave readers clamoring for the further adventures awaiting England in the 18th century." - Kirkus (starred review) "Ackroyd is a wonderful storyteller, and he has a wonderful and vitally important story to tell." - Booklist (starred review)
Biographical NotePETER ACKROYD is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet, and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Thames: Sacred River, London: The Biography, and the first and second volumes of his history of England, Foundation and Tudors. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.