This is one of the 4 greatest histories but do not read it in an abridged version Find a used bookstore or go online and splurge on the whole thing I suspect sets are a glut on the market, and you can get one for pennies Read it Not only will you be edified and entertained, the effect on your prose will be salutary. Really, Restoration History For decades in my sopho survey of English Lit classes I aloudread TBM s account of the Monmouth landing in Rye, his attempt to replace his Catholic uncle, James II, who interviewed his condemned nephew before the botched beheading in the Tower by one Ketch whose name became a byword for Botched jobbers To begin, I asked if they knew baseball usage, Kill the Ump The executee Duke of Monmouth gave Ketch six 1685 guineas with the fervent request, Do not hack me as you did my Lord Russell I have heard you struck him three or four times But here s Macaulay The first blow inflicted only a slight wound The Duke struggled, rose from the block, and looked reproachfully at the executioner The head sank down once The stroke was repeated again and again but still the neck was not severed, and the body continued to move Yells of rage and horror rose from the crowd Ketch flung down the axe with a curse, I cannot do it, he said, My heart fails me Take up the axe, man, cried the sheriff Fling him over the rails, roared the mob.wrought up to such an ecstasy of rage that the executioner was in danger of being torn to pieces, and was conveyed away under strong guard KILL the UMP indeed I am afraid I have softened it for delicate readers If you read Ch 5 you will find Monmouth flat refusing to admit sin to the bishops on the scaffold, neither in his open revolt, nor in his adulterous relation with Lady Henrietta Wentworth Penguin 106 112 For additional class delight I continued the ch next class, on the Bloody Assize in Dorset Four different years I lived in Weymouth or Whitchurch for a month, and would visit Judge Jeffreys court in Dorchester, not far from Thomas Hardy sites, including the house where his wife died and his lovely birthplace My other usual reading in Restoration classes was Clarendon s account of James II s introducing his new wife, Catherine of Braganza she and her attendants all dressed in black to his mistress, three days after landing from Portugal Very amusing, especially to my students in a city 2 3 Portuguese No wonder so many of my students continued as history majors Probably I failed to tell them Clarendon and Macaulay were of course Literature, as is only the best history Grant s autobiography Henry Adams s history, and The Education of Machiavelli s Discorsi on Livy Livy, Caesar etc. Popular E Book, The History Of England From The Accession Of James II Author Thomas Babington Macaulay This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The History Of England From The Accession Of James II, Essay By Thomas Babington Macaulay Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You The progress of history is ever moving forward, away from superstition and autocracy towards free thought and greater liberty, at least that what Lord Macaulay believed In his The History of England from the Accession of James the Second , Macaulay brings forth the Whig interpretation of history for the first time that changed how history was interpretation for the next century.This abridgment of Macaulay s five volume history of events leading up to the Glorious Revolution during James II reign through the death of William III begins with Macaulay s purpose for his work The first half of the abridgment covers how James II began his reign by slowly alienating his traditional supporters in the Anglican Church and Tory county squires by putting Roman Catholics in high positions and supporting the Irish against Anglo Scot colonists Even though he survived one rebellion early in his reign, James kept on escalating his efforts until both Exclusionist and Tory politicians including moderate Roman Catholics joined forces to invite William to take the throne The second half of the abridgment covers William s invasion and the Revolution in all three Kingdoms, not just England While the English portion was political rather than martial, it was not the same in Ireland and Scotland as battles between those supporting James and William took place in bloody fashion though mostly in Ireland Another bit of history was the religious aspect of the Revolution, while in England there was toleration in practice which included Roman Catholics it was a different matter entirely in Scotland were Presbyterians retook control after suffering under Restoration policies for over 30 years Finally, the effects of the Revolution on finance and Parliamentary corruption are examined before Macaulay s final summing up.While Hugh Trevor Roper did an admirable job in selecting portions over five volumes into approximately 550 pages, it is also the main problem with the book With such a reduction of Macaulay s prose, the reader gets glimpses of his thoughts and intentions but without consistency the reader doesn t get the importance of the overall work As for the work itself, Macaulay s bias of excusing his hero William III and aggressively character assassinating those he dislikes Marlborough , is one of the biggest flaws The History of England is a glimpse into the larger work of Lord Macaulay that really doesn t give the reader a constancy to see why it was such an important piece of historical literature If given the choice, I would have chosen five books of the total work over a short abridgment. There s nobody like Macaulay When you disagree with him, he s maddening, but when you agree with him and for me, that s most of the time he s awesome Take particular note of the section where he discusses Restoration comedy His commentary still applies to any trashy so called, comedy that protects rather than attacks human vices Awesome stuff He s a bit fonder of William III than I am, but pretty much has it figured out on the Puritans and Charles I, and he s great with Marlborough Don t be afraid of this long collection of heavy Victorian books The style is easy to read if you know how to read and the content very entertaining It s kind of like watching Bill O Reilly on TV to see Macaulay state his opinions on various issues Very fun. This book has many faults, among them the author s shallow knowledge of some topics and his overt nationalism, but, perhaps most important, its greatest fault comes from the author s tendentious perspective to see all historical events as leading inexorably to the grandeur that was the England of his day The prose is pleasantly stylistic and sometimes lively, but, as history, it is best read as an object lesson in the perils of the lack of objectivity It should not be read as a trustworthy or authoritative source. A great read Macaulay writes the history of the Glorious Revolution in an engaging manner I learned a great deal about the protestant Church of England Catholic tension in England as well as the Whigs and Tories It s an epic story of the removal of James II and the installation of William and Mary Followed by James s attempts to regain what he lost The book touches on events in the history of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Spain, America there s a mention of Joseph Smith , and even Panama. Ah, Macaulay4 5 because although it is very interesting and useful, it is so heavily biased When he was two and a half, having given Sam some proper sultanas to eat, he said afterwards Thank you, they were absolutely delicious At the time I was much surprised at the vocab of this very young person, as well as the clarity with which he spoke But I realise now that Sam is cut from the same cloth as Thomas Macaulay who from the age of three talked, as the maid said, quite printed words , which produced an effect that appeared formal, and often, no doubt, exceedingly droll The famous story exemplifying this took place when he was three or four A servant dropped hot liquid on him and after the fuss of cleaning him up, upon asked if he was okay, he replied Thank you madam, the agony is abated such a boy, a compulsive reader with a phenomenal memory must have created a great work of its type.Twenty years ago my father offered me a lovely old set of Macaulay s History of England and was much surprised when, in my ignorance, I turned it down In the years since my father has died, for some reason this is a scene that pops up regularly into my head How could I have been so, so, so Uggggh Anyway, I hope one day to remedy this state of affairs. I majored in Early Modern European History Not only majored, but never in college took any unrequired course other than history History automatically stuck in my mind and memory Which produced a perfect score on the history GRE in 1967 I constantly read history before college, during college, and after college I am and always have been a big, big fan of 19th Century narrative history The kind of history that by the force and elegance of its writing picks you up and sweeps you along with the narrative And Macaulay was, as proven in these works, the absolute master of 19th Century narrative history If you yourself are set up to receive 19th Century English prose many are not , then prepare to be entranced Macaulay fully believed that the history of Britain from 1680 to 1700 accounted for all of the huge progress and imperial resilience of Britain and the British Empire as of his date in the mid 1800 s And he may well have been right My own particular interest is in the first Industrial Revolution, and of course that isn t covered by Macaulay s dates But his work provides an excellent background for the economic calm of the early 18th Century that was a necessary precursor of the Industrial Revolution And even if you just love luscious English prose, give yourself a treat and read Macaulay By the way, it s free on the Net at Gutenberg, and that s the unabridged version.
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay PC 25 October 1800 28 December 1859 was a British poet, historian and Whig politician He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history He also held political office as Secretary at War between 1839 and 1841 and Paymaster General between 1846 and 1848.As a young man he composed the ballads Ivry and The Armada, which he late
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