History of the Rebellion
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- 12 lutego 2009
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Clarendon's 'History of the Rebellion' is one of the best-known historical narratives and one of the greatest. Written by someone intimately connected with the momentous events it describes, the History is also notable for its literary qualities and vivid potraits of some of the key players. An enormous work, this is the only affordable selection currently in print, and the first popular...
An enormous work, this is the only affordable selection currently in print, and the first popular edition since that of G. Huehns in 1953.
Paul Seaward's new selection includes all the famous passages concerning e.g. Falkland, Charles I, and Cromwell, but also provides a readable narrative account of the Civil War by interweaving Clarendon's 'History' with his 'Life' more fully than in Clarendon's composite published 'History', to link his personal story to the greater struggle going on around him.
The selection includes the account of Clarendon's friendships with the London literary world of the 1630s.
A substantial introduction sets Clarendon's achievement in its political and literary context; a glossary of main characters and index enhances the volume's usefulness.
'I am doing your Majesty some service here, whilst I am preparing the story of your sufferings; that posterity may know by whose default the nation was even overwhelmed with calamities, and by whose virtue it was redeemed.'
Clarendon's massive 'History' has since its first publication in 1702-4 dominated our images of the English Civil War. Written by a man who for over a quarter of a century was one of the closest advisers to Charles I and Charles II, it contains a remarkably frank account of the inadequacies of royalist policy-making as well as an astute analysis of the principles and practice of government. Clarendon chronicles in absorbing detail the factions and intrigues, the rise of Cromwell and the death of Charles I, the bloody battles and the eventual Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after the Interregnum. He brings to life the key players in a series of brilliant character portraits, and his account is admired as much for its literary quality as its historical value. This new selection conveys a strong sense of the narrative, and contains passages from Clarendon's autobiography, 'The Life', including the important description of the intellectual coterie at Great Tew in the 1630s.
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