King Over the Water: A Complete History of the Jacobites

King Over the Water: A Complete History of the Jacobites


Spanning more than a century and involving almost every European country at one time or another (as well as America), the Jacobite cause is one of the epic stories of history. They may have failed in their aim to restore the house of Stuart to the British throne, but in that failure the Jacobites changed the course of history. Intrigue, espionage, corruption, and betrayal, as well as constancy to the cause in the face of terrible risks are all ingredients of this extraordinary tale. Few novels can boast such a colourful cast of characters – from the brilliant, mercurial Viscount Bolingbroke and the stiff, impossible Lord George Murray to the the half-mad Charles XII of Sweden and the suave and wily Cardinal Alberoni, not to mention one of the most well-known historical figures of all time – Bonnie Prince Charlie. Desmond Seward brings them all to life in this vivid, sweeping narrative.

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Shortlisted for the Military History Matters Book of the Year Award, 2020This 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'.

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Weight0.744 kg
Dimensions24 × 16.5 × 4 cm






xxvi, 406 , 16 unnumbered of plates




941.07 (edition:23)


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