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Charles I: A Political Life
     

Charles I: A Political Life

by Richard Cust
 
Largely synthesizing the many previous biographies of Charles (1600-49), Cust (history, Birmingham U.) reassesses the qualities of the second Stewart king of England, who has been denigrated since the victory of his Calvinist rivals during the English Civil War. Whatever negative traits he may have had, Cust says, he provided for his succession, avoided infighting in

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Largely synthesizing the many previous biographies of Charles (1600-49), Cust (history, Birmingham U.) reassesses the qualities of the second Stewart king of England, who has been denigrated since the victory of his Calvinist rivals during the English Civil War. Whatever negative traits he may have had, Cust says, he provided for his succession, avoided infighting in his court, and did not give up in the face of political setbacks. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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'Richard Cust's new biography (is) by far the best to date... This is an outstanding piece of work: not only the best life of the king yet produced, but also the most subtle and balanced synthesis of current research on the politics and religion of the reign currently in print.'
John Adamson, BBC History

'Cust comes as close to producing a definitive account of the nature of Charles I's kingship as anyone is likely to do for a long time... We should be grateful....for this brilliantly conceived and deeply pondered work. It becomes a crucial point of reference, always trustworthy and enlightening.'
Anthony Fletcher, History Today, May 2006

'...the most impressive aspect of the book is the way that interwoven in the narrative is a consistent, novel and coherent view of Charles the politician. What is novel about Dr. Cust’s view is that he is not content to put Charles’s political failures down simply, as many recent historians have done, to the king’s lack of political ability. His explanations are more subtle and, thus, more convincing.'
Professor Barry Coward, Birkbeck College, London; author of The Stuart Age: England1603-1714 (Longman, 2003)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582070349
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/18/2005
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Cust has been a History lecturer, at Birmingham University for twenty five years and over this time he has published a series of books and articles which have helped to set the agenda for a ‘post revisionist’ account of early Stuart politics. His books include The Forced Loan and English Politics 1626-1628 and Conflict in Early Stuart England (edited with Ann Hughes), another Longman publication.

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