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Uarts 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 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 marshe. Well that was thoroughly not compelling at all I don t have anything against the Stuarts but I do have some issues with the writing sty

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CompellingA masterly featA magnificent sweeping authoritative warm yet wry history The Wall Street JournalIn 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 St. The Royal Stuarts by Allan Massie published by Thomas Dunne BooksCategory English HistoryThis book could very easily been sub

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S of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England and eventually to exile The Royal Stuarts brings to life figures like Mary ueens of Scots Charles I and Bonnie Prince Charlie uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries Told with panache this is the gripping true story of backstabbing betrayal and ambition gone awry. I found the info on the James lacking in substance as well which is pretty much what I was looking for not particularly interested in


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  1. says:

    There are times when a book truly sucks and this was one of them Massie uses mostly fictional sources and over glamourizes his subjects focusing on racy stories than anything factual Pity as this one could have been so much I can't honestly recommend this one as I found myself getting annoyed the that I read There are far better books about the Stuarts out there Given that the author is a newspaper tabloid journalist I guess I shouldn't b

  2. says:

    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 historyI 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

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    “The Royal Stuarts” by Allan Massie published by Thomas Dunne BooksCategory – English HistoryThis book could very easily been s

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    My book blog allthebookblognamesaretakenblogspotcomI keep trying to get beyond James VII but I fear I never will I

  5. says:

    Well that was thoroughly not compelling at all I don't have anything against the Stuarts but I do have some issues with the writing style of thi

  6. says:

    The Royal Stuarts is a well written explicitly non academic survey of the family which produced a dynasty of kings and whose blood runs in the veins of the present ruler of Great Britain Indeed when and if the Duke of Cambridge become king it will course even vigorously his mother Diana Princess of wales was a

  7. says:

    The Stuarts Stubborn to the point of losing realms and heads literally they made uite the impact on the Scottish and English thrones Allan Massie always has fun with his subjects and he clearly enjoys writing about this house of royals who originated in Brittany and eventually ruled a united Britain Family feeling may easily be extinguished when power is the prizeThis is a chronological examination of each reigning Stuar

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    I found the info on the James' lacking in substance as well which is pretty much what I was looking for not particularly in

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    Covering the history of the Stuart dynasty from the Middle Ages through the 18th century is a daunting topic and yet this volume manages to accomplish it in less than 400 pages The result is as might be expected dense At tim

  10. says:

    Charming breezy history of the Stuart dynasty Massie gives thumbnail sketches of each monarch but you may want to take his interpretation of some with a grain of salt