Rebels and Traitors

Rebels and Traitors

by Lindsey Davis
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Rebels and Traitors 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gideon Jukes is a printer, but that does not stop him from joining London Trained Bands in support of Parliament fighting against King Charles Stuart. Juliana Lovell supports the monarch in the struggle. Gideon and Juliana are falling in love, but these are dangerous times for allies let alone defenders of opposing camps.----------- In 1649, Charles Stuart is executed and Oliver Cromwell takes charge of England. In 1657 his Protectorate collapses. Through these deadly civil war decades, Gideon and Juliana have each other in spite of others trying to divide these beloved enemies.-------- Rebels and Traitors is an entertaining historical epic that occurs over the mid seventeen century decade of the English religious civil war. Gideon is a terrific lead character whose role as a printer is more intriguing than his heroism as a musketeer. He brings to life the use of printed material as a propaganda means to support your side of a hostile debate. Although his relationship with Juliana seems overly forced to bring beloved enemy bedfellows together, Lindsey Davis moves from the first century Ancient Rome mysteries of private informer Marcus Didius Falco to the 1650s England epic tale to the delight of fans of historical sagas.---------- Harriet Klausner
Wiliam_Maltese More than 1 year ago
NO DOUBT WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT! REBELS AND TRAITOR’S 742 pages are about Civil War … war … war … intermediate truces ... war … war … war … rebels and war … traitors and war … war … and the tragedy of war. This definitely isn’t a book for everyone, but I enjoyed it if just because it detailed a period of turmoil in English history — 1649-1657 — about which I knew very little and was curious to know more. Involving the Welsh, Scotch, Irish — even the Spanish, Dutch, and French — in a dispute mainly between the English people and their English king, the author, Lindsey Davis, was able to make the redundancy of battle after battle, and confrontation after confrontation, palatable to other than a history and/or military buff, by showing it to her readers through the eyes of several individuals and families intimately involved, not only with each other but on one side or another, sometimes on both sides, or on one side and THEN the other, of the historical turmoil. That I gave this book a whole five stars is because it gave me what “I” was after, and provided it in spades. Someone less prepared might find a lot of its historical detail more than a little tedious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Davis is a meticulous researcher who writes wonderful details into her historical fiction, but this one felt a little dry to me, in spite of the details, and in spite of several strong, sympathetic characters. I learned a lot about the English Civil War, but it was an 800-page chore because it lacked the wit that makes Davis' other books so engaging.
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