Road to Civil War, 1625-1642 (ePub)
The Unexpected Revolution
A revisionist history showing a gradual build-up of opposition and a drift to conflict which few expected or wanted. And this was despite growing Stuart absolutism, threats to Parliament and the accepted civil order and religious controversy. It is forensic study, full of fascinating and even unexpected details, principal actors come to life and readers will feel involved in an existential crisis of the British state(s).
The study of the three Kingdoms covers the major themes of religious dispute with Laud, Wentworth and Strafford - towering figures - church reform, 'godly'religions and explosion of 'news' and pamphlets, the King and Lords and Commons, the Queen's, often suspect influence, King Charles' absolutism and rigidity, and iconic events like the Grand Remonstance, arrest of the Five Members, Charles' departure from London and the raising of the Royal Standard for war.
This was quite an easy history book to read because it was direct yet very detailed in how it tells the story. I was not familiar with the history of King Charles but this book really helped me understand it.NetGalley, Yves von Hagen
Filled with engaging details, this book reveals how tensions between Charles I, Parliament, and church reformers sparked a pivotal crisis. Making a complex era comprehensible, it looks at the volatile mix of factors that led to a momentous turning point in British history.NetGalley, Andrea Romance
This thorough account compares Charles I to his predecessors Elizabeth I and James Vi &I, for an interesting perspective on how the savvy rulers who preceded him handled similar situations, and how Charles' inexperience led to blunders that ultimately cost him his life.