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The Stuarts
Miller, John, 1946-
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London ; New York : Hambledon and London, [2004]

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xiii, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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DA28.35.S89 M55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Biography; When in 1603 King James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth on the throne of England, as James I, the Stuarts became the first dynasty to rule the three British kingdoms - England, Scotland and Ireland. The problems that James and his son, Charles I, encountered in ruling their very disparate kingdoms led to tensions and revolts in Scotland, Ireland and finally England, culminating in civil wars in all three kingdoms and Charles I's execution in 1649. After a decade without a king, in which a Republic was followed by Cromwell's Protectorate, Charles II was restored and, after surviving several political crises, died peacefully in his bed. His brother, James II, alienated political support in all three kingdoms even more quickly and comprehensively than his father had done, and had to flee abroad after an invasion by his nephew (and son-in-law) William III. Following William's death, James's daughter Anne presided over a period of victory on the Continent but bitter political and religious conflict at home. Her death without an heir in 1714 brought in the Hanoverians. In The Stuarts, John Miller examines both the individual monarchs who made up this remarkable line and the

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The Stuarts lost the family business twice in a century, saddling them with a tarnished reputation as historical bankrupts. In this biography of the Restoration Stuarts (Charles II and James II), Miller says that opinion is too harsh and overly colored by the contrast with the supposedly more glorious preceding dynasty, the Tudors. Holding forth a more positive assessment of the Stuarts' century-long run on, and occasionally from, the throne, Miller tacks their fortunes to the two principal political problems of seventeenth-century England. From James I's ascension in 1603 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the Stuart monarchs did better or worse depending on how they handled parliamentary erosions of their power and in cajoling and often forcing Scotland and Ireland into the English orbit to form the polity of Britain. An academic at the University of London, Miller covers this material fluidly, enthusiastically, and without clouding central points with scholastic trivia. For newcomers to such Stuarts as Charles I, Miller exhibits the invaluable quality of readability infused with fairness of tone. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

1 Inheritance
2 James I
3 Charles I
4 The Interregnum
5 Charles II
6 James II
7 William and Mary
8 Anne