The Royal Stuarts

The Royal Stuarts

A History of the Family That Shaped Britain

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A concise history of the Stuart family traces their centuries-long rule over Scotland, Britain, and Ireland in the aftermath of the Tudor era, providing coverage of key events and such figures as Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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"Compelling...A masterly feat...A magnificent, sweeping, authoritative, warm yet wry history."

--The Wall Street Journal

In this fascinating and intimate portrait of the Stuarts, author Allan Massie takes us deep into one of history's bloodiest and most tumultuous reigns. Exploring the family's lineage from the first Stuart king to the last, The Royal Stuarts is a panoramic history of the family that acted as a major player in the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War, the Restoration, and more.

Drawing on the accounts of historians past and present, novels, and plays, this is the complete story of the Stuart family, documenting their path from the salt marshes of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England and eventually to exile. The Royal Stuarts brings to life figures like Mary, Queens of Scots, Charles I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries. Told with panache, this is the gripping true story of backstabbing, betrayal, and ambition gone awry.



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"The Royal Stuarts ruled for over 300 years in Scotland and for a century as the Royal Family of Britain and Ireland. They were leading actors in the foremost political dramas of British history - the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War and the Restoration - and remain the most controversial and divisive of royal families. Drawing on the accounts of historians past and present, novels and plays, Allan Massie tells the family's full story, from the salt marshes ofBrittany to the thrones of Scotland and England, and then eventual exile. A book which gets beyond the received generalisations, The Royal Stuarts takes us deep into the lives of figures like Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I and Bonnie Prince Charlie, uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries, the brave and capable, the weak and foolish."--Publisher's description.
A concise history of the Stuart family by the award-winning author of the Roman Quartet traces their centuries-long rule over Scotland, Britain and Ireland in the aftermath of the Tudor era, providing coverage of key events and such figures as Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312581756
Branch Call Number: 941.06092 MAS
Characteristics: 370 p. :,ill., geneal. tables ;,22 cm.

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Jan 13, 2017

Considering it's a history book, it was quite an easy read. I found I preferred to read each person in full or you lose track of all the 'characters'. About 3/4 of the way through, there was a lot of history to try to keep in mind (great great great grandfather did what?) so it started to be a bit difficult to keep track of but that was not really the fault of the author. Enjoyable read overall especially if you're interested particularly in the subject matter.

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

In The Royal Stuarts, "well-grounded and nimble" (Booklist) author Allan Massie dishes up an enthralling slice of history from 14th-century Scotland, when Robert II became the first Stewart (later spelled Stuart) king of Scotland, to the 18th century, when Queen Anne united England, Scotland, and Ireland. Novelist, journalist, and newspaper columnist Massie knows his history and how to keep readers hooked, combining vivid individual portraits of key figures and universal themes of dramatic interest (loyalty, lechery, power, and piety). Fans of Alison Weir's Tudor-centric histories may enjoy visiting the Stuart clan for a change of pace in this comprehensive and engaging account (complete with family trees) of their dynasty. History and Current Events newsletter November 2014.

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