Synopses & Reviews
The century between 1603 and 1714--an era of profound social, economic, and religious change--launched Britain from an isolated archipelago to a world-class intellectual, commercial, and military center. An outburst of intellectual creativity that surpassed even the Renaissance saw a language scarcely known beyond its native shores become immortalized for a future world.
The seventeenth century, writes Mark Kishlansky, was "a wheel of transformation in perpetual motion," a period of political and religious upheaval that defined the nation for decades to come and remains critical for understanding the nation today.
Beginning with the accession of James I and concluding with the death of Queen Anne, this compelling account describes the tempestuous events that took place during the Stuart dynasty and provides lively pen portraits of the many fascinating personalities involved. Conspiracies, rebellions, and revolutions jostle side by side with court intrigues, political infighting and the rise of parties. In 1603 Britain was an isolated archipelago; by 1714 it had emerged among the intellectual, commercial, and military centers of the world.
"Kishlansky's century saw one king executed, another exiled, the House of Lords abolished, and the Church of England reconstructed along Presbyterian lines . . . A masterly narrative, shot through with the shrewdness that comes from profound scholarship."--Jonathan Clark, Spectator
"A historian with a real love for the period, a real understanding of many different aspects of it, and an exhilarating style."--Ronald Hutton, The Times Literary Supplement
"This sweeping, dramatic chronicle of a century of Stuart rule will rivet even the general reader with no particular interest in British history."--Publishers Weekly
This sixth volume of the nine-volume work narrates the tempestuous political events of the Stuart dynasty. It charts the reigns of the six monarchs, and the course of two revolutions as well as religious upheavals that shook the beliefs of the 17th-century Britons to the core.
Table of Contents
A Monarchy Transformed List of Maps
1. The Social World
2. The Political World
3. The Scottish Accession, 1603-1618
4. The Duke of Clubs, 1618-1628
5. The Reign of Charles I, 1629-1637
6. Rebellion and Civil War, 1637-1644
7. Civil War and Revolution, 1645-1649
8. Saints and Soldiers, 1649-1658
9. The Restoration Settlements, 1659-1667
10. For Church and King, 1668-1685
11. A Protestant Succession, 1685-1689
12. A European Union, 1689-1702
13. Great Britain, 1702-1714
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