Dec 08 2014

A Monarchy Transformed: Britain 1603-1714 by Mark Kishlansky

The introduction conveys the author’s enthusiasm for the study of this period, but the expectation of excitement rapidly peters out in what amounts to a rather dull narrative. Nevertheless, this was a time of tremendous change and development in British history. Aside from the Civil War, the Commonwealth, the Restoration, and the Glorious Revolution, this was also the period during which Britain became the supreme maritime power in the world, and it was also the period during which England and Scotland formally united into the modern nation of Britain. The extraordinary scientific developments of this period are omitted; this book focuses exclusively on political developments, and I found it rather dry reading. But it is an educational if not exactly fascinating account.

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