A landmark in female historiography, this work first appeared in eight volumes between 1763 and 1783. Notable for her radical politics and her influence on American revolutionary ideology, Catharine Macaulay (1731-91) drew diligently on untapped seventeenth-century sources to craft her skilful yet inevitably biased narrative. Seen as a Whig response to David Hume's Tory perspective on English history, the early volumes made Macaulay a literary sensation in the 1760s. Later instalments were less rapturously received by those critics who took exception to her republican views. Both the product and a portrait of tumultuous ages, the work maintains throughout a strong focus on the fortunes of political liberty. Volume 3 (1767) covers the outbreak of the English Civil War, closing with Prince Rupert's taking of Bristol in the summer of 1643.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries Series|
|Product dimensions:||7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.94(d)|
Table of Contents
Part II. Charles I (cont.): 1. Court of Star-chamber, and other arbitrary courts, abolished; 2. The leaders of the popular party attempt to wrest from the king the power over the militia; 3. The king enters new projects to subdue opposition; 4. An ordinance to settle the militia by authority of parliament passes both houses; 5. State of each party on the commencement of war.