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J. P. KenyonThis is a first-class essay in historical biography. . . . It must displace all previous lives of James II.
The book explores James's relations with the state and society, focusing on the political, diplomatic, and religious issues that shaped his reign. Miller discusses the human failings, the gulf of understanding between the king and his subjects, and the sheer bad luck that led to James's downfall. He also considers the reasons for James's lack of interest in recovering his kingdom after his flight to France in 1688. This revised edition of the book includes a substantial new foreword assessing recent work on the reign.
About the Author:
John Miller is professor of modern history at Queen Mary College, University of London.