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The King Over the Water

A Complete History of the Jacobites

By: Desmond Seward

Price: CAD $45.00

Publisher: BIRLINN LIMITED

Imprint: Birlinn

384 Pages

9.45 X 6.42 X 1.54 ins

ISBN:  9781780276069 -- Hardcover

Publication Date: 11/25/2019

This is the first modern history for general readers of the entire Jacobite movement in Scotland, England and Ireland, from the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 that drove James II into exile to the death of his grandson, Cardinal Henry, Duke of York, in 1807. The Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie's flight through the heather are well known, but not the other risings and plots that involved half of Europe and even revolutionary America.

Based on the latest research, The King over the Water weaves together all the strands of this gripping saga into a vivid, sweeping narrative, full of insight, analysis and anecdote. 'Few causes have aroused a more gallant response from the peoples of these islands than the Honest Cause', writes Desmond Seward, 'whether they were fighting for it at Killiecrankie, Prestonpans or Culloden, at the Boyne, Aughrim or Fontenoy, or dying for it on the scaffold'.

'Seward's clear-sighted examination of the Jacobite movement shows how close it came to succeeding' - Alan Massie, Scotsman

'Seward's best work, persuasive and consistently employing a briskness in pace, a clarity of style and a genius for capturing the character of those long dead, long-forgotten and, perhaps, never remembered ... a rollickingly, splendidly chronological history' - Herald


Desmond Seward was educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. One of the most highly regarded popular historians of his generation, he is the author of numerous books, ranging from studies of medieval kings to biographies of Napoleon and Hitler. His books The Hundred Years' War and The Wars of the Roses are regarded as standard works on their subjects.



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