- Paperback: 714 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (4 February 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1143821378
- ISBN-13: 978-1143821370
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.6 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The History of England from the Accession of James II, Volume 2 Paperback – Import, 4 Feb 2010
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Called a history of England, it begins with the Anglo-Saxons and proceeds to the Civil War, but it is primarily (1300 pages out of 1500) devoted to the reign of the most inadequate Stuart of them all (James II), the Glorious Revolution that toppled him and the constitutional monarchy that replaced his attempt at Catholic Continental despotism and secured our liberties under the law. This is perhaps the most significant age in British history and yet is largely ignored. Everyone knows the fate of Charles I, but few know what befell his even less adequate younger son. James concluded that his father had lost the throne and his head by too great indulgence, and from this false premise decided to be even more obdurate and stubborn. It cost him his kingdom, thank God, and saved us from some form of despotic Catholic regime. It has often been said and rightly so that we owe much more to the vices of our worst kings (John, Charles I, James II) than to the virtues of our best. This book shows how and why. Between them these two stupid Stuarts were monarchical disasters in reaction to whom was created our current constitutional monarchy.
The Whig interpretation of history exemplified in this exemplary work, has still at lot to commend it, especially in contrast to the foolish fleeting fashions of our age and its Marxist and feminist histories. Give me the Whigs any time, and don't they write well.
This is a magnificent achievement and one that should be read for pleasure and edification by all those interested in our history.