A lot of information about this crucial and vital period for England and it's role in world history.
I like the humor, but a lot is dry with names and events mentioned, but not explained or put in context for newbies in this period.
This is a book for people that already know the era, and want to have another overview.
Unfortunately, as with so many history book about this period, it's better, but still too single sided (slanted) and only focused on the English portion and that with a positive spin for English readers. I would have expected a more balanced book from Simon, because he very well knows the influence of say the Dutch in this period and on this period. (see The embarrassment of riches) Also Louis XIV is barely mentioned. Is it too shameful/painful to document the fact that the two brother Kings just about wrecked the country, started wars for personal gain, and factually sold England's future to the France of Louis XIV? If it hadn't been for the invasion of William III and the removal of James II, what would England be today? The Anglo-Dutch wars are barely mentioned, let alone England's part in the Franco-Dutch war. Instead, we do read page after page of details aimed probably historians and specialists and a lot about the activities in the America's, but not much else. I'm a little disappointed about volume 2, not sure if I will purchase the others.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books (1 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563487186
- ISBN-13: 978-0563487180
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
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