by Peter Ackroyd

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

A review by John Irvin


“It is enough,’ James said. ‘I know by this you are a true messenger.’”

            Whether it’s controversial monarchs, kingdoms uniting, the in-fighting of ruling dynasties, Peter Ackroyd proves himself a worthy historian.

            Rebellion is the story of the beginning of a United Kingdom under King James VI of Scotland and I of England. But this book is not just about that debatable character alone, it also takes the reader into the Glorious Revolution.

            What brought on the overthrow and execution of Charles the First, son of King James? What were the signs and reasons for this violent stage in British history that the contemporaries named it glorious?

            Peter Ackroyd gives a great extensive detail of the era.

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            If you love British history, this is a must read. Scotland and England’s uniting was a tense time. Whether you side with one dynasty or the other—or even if you like or dislike the King James—this book has some intriguing views into the whole ordeal. I enjoyed a new light on that time and it even helped me understand the forthcoming Revolution that took place shortly after the Glorious—one much closer to home: the American Revolution.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: REBELLION.

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