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Battles of the Jacobite Rebellions (Hardback)

Killiecrankie to Culloden

Scotland Tudors & Stuarts Military 18th Century 17th Century

By Dr Jonathan Oates
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781526735515
Published: 30th October 2019


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Many books have been written about the Jacobite rebellions – the armed attempts made by the Stuarts to regain the British throne between 1689 and 1746 – and in particular about the risings of 1689, 1715, 1719 and 1745. The key battles have been described in graphic detail. Yet no previous book has given a comprehensive military account of the campaigns in their entirety – and that is the purpose of Jonathan Oates’s new history.

For over fifty years the Jacobites posed a serious threat to the governments of William and Mary, Queen Anne and George I and II. But they were unable to follow up their victories at Killiecrankie, Prestonpans and Falkirk, and the overwhelming defeat suffered by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army when it confronted the Duke of Cumberland’s forces at Culloden in 1746 was decisive.

The author uses vivid eyewitness testimony and contemporary sources, as well as the latest archaeological evidence, to trace the course of the conflict, and offers an absorbing insight into the makeup of the opposing sides, their leadership, their troops and the strategy and tactics they employed. His distinctive approach gives the reader a long perspective on a conflict which is often viewed more narrowly in terms of famous episodes and the careers of the leading men.

A very interesting read. The images depicting the battles was a real help when it came to envisioning them. My knowledge of the Jacobean rebellion is rather limited (mostly only what I learned from Outlander) so I thought this book was a perfect way for me to expand my mind a bit... A book not to be missed by anyone interested in James II, Bonnie Prince Charlie, or the thousands of lives that were lost to ensure the correct type of Christianity could sit on the throne.

NetGalley, Shannon Hutchinson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Battles of the Jacobite Rebellions by Dr. Jonathan Oats is a great compilation and overview of the 9 battles that made up the Jacobite Campains.

The author clearly did his research, as the text is packed full of information, credible and plentiful resources and references, and gives the reader everything you need to know about the battles themselves... A great read for a Scottish history fanatic such as myself. Anyone that is interested in Scottish/English history or battle/warfare would love this book.

NetGalley, Rachel Fox

About Dr Jonathan Oates

Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His books include Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford, Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London, Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s, Unsolved London Murders: The 1940s and 1950s and Attack on London. He is also an authority on the Jacobite rebellions of 1714 and 1745 and recently published "Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45".

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