"Compelling...A masterly feat...A magnificent, sweeping, authoritative, warm yet wry history."
The Wall Street Journal
In this fascinating and intimate portrait of the Stuarts, author Allan Massie takes us deep into one of history's bloodiest and most tumultuous reigns. Exploring the family's lineage from the first Stuart king to the last, The Royal Stuarts is a panoramic history of the family that acted as a major player in the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War, the Restoration, and more.
Drawing on the accounts of historians past and present, novels, and plays, this is the complete story of the Stuart family, documenting their path from the salt marshes of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England and eventually to exile. The Royal Stuarts brings to life figures like Mary, Queens of Scots, Charles I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries. Told with panache, Allan Massie's The Royal Stuarts is the gripping true story of backstabbing, betrayal, and ambition gone awry.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
ALLAN MASSIE is the award-winning author of many novels, including his Roman Quartet Antony, Augustus, Tiberius and Caesar. He lives in the Scottish Borders and writes for the Daily Telegraph, Scotsman and for the Spectator, where he has a regular column.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Massie is a first rate author, and brings the Stuarts to life brilliantly and in a highly readable way. I did skim over the early Stuarts; too much death and gore! An excellent book from a fine writer who navigates the reader through some complex historical periods.
Riddled with factual errors. Novelists who write history perhaps ought to have more respect for fact than fiction and for the professional training required to know the difference.
This book is such a good book. I am a history nerd and this book was full of so much knowledge from this family. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history.
AN ANGLIOPHILE MUST READ This is a hard book for me to rate. It was very informative( I would rate a 5 star for this), not text book but finely tuned history-not a "story". I found it somewhat hard to read in terms of following the family lines-even though I'm familiar with the history(I would rate a 3 or 4 star for this). Took me much longer to read than usual because I followed up with all the footnotes cited in the back of the book. Massie is a good and thorough writer. I do recommend reading the "Envoi" chapter (the finale,per se) It is a good summary on the whole-maybe even start off reading here and then go to the beginning. If you are into British history this is a must.