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The Duke of Monmouth (ePub)

Life and Rebellion

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 17th Century P&S History > Royal History P&S History > Social History

By Laura Brennan
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 10.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 145
Illustrations: 30 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781473894365
Published: 31st May 2018


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He was the illegitimate son of a king, a gallant and brave military hero, charming, handsome and well loved both within the court and with women; James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, had the life many would have envied in the seventeenth century.

Monmouth lived in an age that was on the cusp of modernity. He lived through some of the biggest events and scandals of seventeenth century British history, including: the Restoration of his father, King Charles II; The Great Fire of London in 1666 and the last great plague to sweep through London killing thousands.

James also experienced the political scandal of the Popish Plot; became embroiled in the foiled Rye House Plot, and was at the centre of the Exclusion Crisis, which was a major catalyst for the modern creation of our party political system.

But what would turn the beloved darling of the Restoration court into a leading rebel?

Laura Brennan makes an interesting case for seeing Monmouth as a progressive figure living through some of the major events of an age on the cusp of modernity.

Reviewer: Edmund Perry

Norfolk Family History Society

This book takes a good look at Monmouth’s life. The illegitimate son of Charles II, he rose high and fell as fast. The author has packed her book full of information and has researched her subject well.

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GoodReads, Sarah Watkins

Brennan has done a fine job of humanising James Scott and the events that shaped his perspective on life. The public loved him as a war hero and he took after his father in his endless amorous pursuits. Brennan sees Monmouth as personifying this period and as a man who wanted to preserve Protestant England at all costs.

A wonderful book from a wonderful writer, and one that would make a very good documentary indeed.

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Hellbound, Steve Earles

About Laura Brennan

Born in London, Laura Brennan initially trained to become a journalist at Bournemouth University before gaining a BA Hons. degree in History (2:1) from London Metropolitan University in 2005. While working at BBC Outside Broadcasts, she studied part time to gain her MA in History at Queen Mary University of London 2007 to 2009. It was while writing her Masters dissertation that she fell in love with the Duke of Monmouth. When not writing, Laura can be found enjoying the museums and galleries of London, snuggled up with a book or planning her next adventure in Europe.

James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, is born

9th April 1649

James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth was born on 9 April 1649. He was the illegitimate son of a king, a gallant and brave military hero, charming, handsome and well-loved both within the court and with women.

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