A novel and rewarding approach in providing a comprehensive account of the Jacobite rebellions. This is a story of a family torn apart by religion and entitlement. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Battles of the Jacobite Rebellions, Killiecrankie to Culloden FILE: R3100 AUTHOR: Jonathan Oates PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Stuarts, Pretenders, Roman Catholics, Scotland, Ireland, insurrection, 18th Century, Protestants, France, troops, strategy, tactics, leadership, support, funding
PAGES: 309 IMAGE: B3100.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/suzynoz DESCRIPTION: A novel and rewarding approach in providing a comprehensive account of the Jacobite rebellions. This is a story of a family torn apart by religion and entitlement. – Highly Recommended. When Charles II became King it seemed that the Stuarts had learned that support would come only to Monarchs that accepted constraints on their power in a Protestant country with a growing Parliamentary power. James I had faced his own difficulties but much was forgiven because he stood staunchly for Protestantism. Charles I was unable to accept a growing Parliamentary power and his confrontation led to civil war and execution. However, the rule of Cromwell, in all but title a self appointed King, caused increasing resentment even amongst those who had been keen to see Charles I removed. Charles II proved a charismatic Monarch who kept his own religious faith to himself until he was on his death bed. His adept management of the situation made him a generally loved King at a time when Britons were looking for stability and peace. James II proved to be inept and succeeded in alienating Parliament and the people. He was forced to flee and was replaced by another Stuart and her Dutch husband, invited by Parliament to replace James. What then followed was as much a family feud as a conflict of principles and religion. James was determined to return as King but, in starting what became known as the Jacobite Rebellion, he proved he could win a battle but not a war and he began a conflict that was to last a half century, but achieve nothing for his branch of the Stuart family. Through the period, France was the source of support for the Jacobites but not to the degree that made victory possible. Within Britain, support did not come from all Roman Catholics and the power base developed in Ireland and Scotland from those with very mixed motives. The Jacobites did present a real threat but lacked the consistency that a rebel force required to gain power. William and Mary formed a reliable team against the Jacobites and Anne was also able to command the support to keep the Jacobites at bay. The Hanoverians, George I and George II proved very effective and after some initial success, Bonnie Prince Charlie was comprehensively defeated and the ruthless suppression of his supporters finally brought the Jacobite threat to an end. The author has told the story graphically with contemporary sources and archaeology to provide the first full account of all of the aspects of the fifty year conflict.