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  1. Bradley Bradley says:

    Good intentions often go bad That is perhaps the great moral of Wedgwood's history of the years when Charles I lost control of his three kingdoms I'm still reading it in what seems to be part of some bizarre subconscious syllabus of books that Ward Cleaver might have read if you can imagine him ever reading anything but the newspaper Nevertheless below are a few stray thoughts on the work and the authorWedgwood has wrongly suffered academic scorn as a popularizer If anything she was a high brow popularizer living in her subjects' worlds and writing in a style echoing the greatest English historians and that was still very much her own As to her argument it is actually somewhat compelling and has found echoes in recent historiographyCharles I Wedgwood argues was a well meaning man but with only the barest grasp on the real situation of his kingdoms He lived life in a court where he controlled the minutest details of protocol surrounding him in the illusion of mastery an illusion he thought applied outside of Whitehall He understood politics through ideals Court masues where virtues crushed vices were accurate reflections of how Charles I viewed politics and the kingly office Despite what Wedgwood describes as his allegorical turn of mind the king had some decided policies Charles was a militant for moderation Wedgwood never uses such a paradoxical or ready term but that is the gist of her analysis She dwells for instance on the king's schemes to reunite Christendom under a reformed Catholicism for which the Church of England would have provided the model To this end he was in general lenient toward Roman Catholics and punished Calvinists Of course Star Chamber often handed down sentences on both but any tolerance of Catholics always received far greater attention in England He held back from the Thirty Years' War though his neutrality was paid for in part by Spanish silver from Peru shipped through England and minted there before heading to the Netherlands to pay Catholic armies He kept England out of a continental war he lamented as disastrous and unnecessary Even the plight of his sister Elizabeth ueen of Bohemia darling of the Protestant Cause did not alter his courseWhat made sense to the king perplexed and outraged his subjects They doubted his intentions and misinterpreted his policies says Wedgwood Moreover Charles suffered from a dearth of able councilors Thomas Wentworth and Archbishop Laud come in for surprising praise from Wedgwood surprising to this reader anyway The author after all wrote an admiring biography of Strafford Her attitudes changed over time but in general he and Laud come across in this volume as some of the only people who truly recognized the dangers of the king's situation in the late 1630sLastly Wedgwood has something to say about religious fanaticism To borrow from another work of English history it was A Very Bad Thing For instance Lord Warriston a leading Scottish Covenanter receives a heap of amusing scorn for what Wedgwood concludes was his mistaken conviction that he conversed with and enjoyed the approval of God Almighty Himself In another case Wedgwood writes dismissively of a prophetess who shows up in Edinburgh convulsing and decreeing that God had damned the King's alternative to the Covenant Elsewhere Wedgwood sneers at the popular outbursts against the established religion In general she asserts that the crowds causing all the ruckus over the Scottish Prayer Book were not acting of their own volition but by direction from a few at the top and you may judge the motives of these leading men as you will One would be tempted to say that Wedgwood's problem with popular activism is that she has no room for it in her Great Man theory of history and a Great Man history largely from the royalist perspective to boot I think this would be a mistake What really seems to bother he is the abuse of belief She is convinced that the real passions of the people over religion were being exploited by ambitious men who should have known better This seems to be about than her commitment to the individual as the real mover of history This counts for a great deal too but may risk overshadowing a deep skepticism about revealed religion and its place in the politics of the time

  2. Karen Floyd Karen Floyd says:

    This was a complex period with so much going on all over Europe and in the new colonies as well as in Britain and with so many many players on the stage CV Wedgewood is a good writer and storyteller and makes the events of the time as coherent as any such troubled period could be Nothing happens in a vacuum and none of the actors are without their flaws King Charles had this awful knack for saying and doing the wrong thing at the wrong time which made him look devious than he actually was He consistently appointed incompetent and self serving advisors and did things to please his temperamental conspiracy loving Catholic wife I kept wanting to shake him and shout Wake up But he never saw the reality of how his people felt until it was too late and lived in an imagined England of his own

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood on the fatal flaw of King Charles IHe was of the intractable stuff of which martyrs are made not the swift ecstatic martyrs who run upon death in a high impulsive fervour but the sad thoughtful martyrs who follow over long patient years some logical seuence of thought and action which always may and sometimes must bring them to disasterOn the political situation at the opening of the Long Parliament November 1640Neither Bedford Pym nor any of them harboured a thought so shocking as the removal of the King; but they did envisage of a policy by which his theoretical power and his actual power should be brought into line with each other and properly defined Otherwise they might risk the continuance of the present intolerable situation in which the King directed policy without power to execute it and they with power to prevent and obstruct policy had none to direct it

  4. Lauren Albert Lauren Albert says:

    Very good very detailed account of 4 years in the reign of King Charles I It manages not to bore while going into what in other books might be excruciating detail Wedgwood really helped me to better understand what happened to Charles as well as how and why

  5. Richard Richard says:

    This account of the last few years of the personal rule of Charles I begins with Charles as apparently the happiest King in Christendom and ends with the king on the road to London heading for confrontation with the Long Parliament It's a brilliant frame for a complex narrative that takes in Ship Money the Bishops' Wars the fall of Wentworth and Laud and the Irish Rebellion and that involves a huge cast of characters in England Scotland and Ireland Despite the complexity Wedgwood's control of the flow of events is hugely impressive even at times thrilling especially in the build up to the execution of Strafford her writing crystal clear and her willingness to make judgements especially about people stimulating Charles I and Hamilton come out of it badly Strafford and Laud surprisingly well I found it both enjoyable and informative although it occurs to me that I might be the ideal reader for this book having enough basic knowledge of the political history of the 1630s to keep my head above water and insufficient expertise in the historiography of the period to judge whether Wedgwood's analysis than 60 years old now has stood the test of time I'm looking forward to reading the seuel

  6. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    The King's Peace is the first volume of a trilogy that tells the story from the perspective of Charles I the Great Rebellion which saw the overthrow of a Royal Regime the execution of the monarch and the inauguration of a Republic in the British Isles It brilliantly begins the series and ultimately stands as the best work of the threeWhen it was first published in 1955 The King's Peace was a conventional work of narrative history horribly old fashioned as it rejected every tendency that was popular in the historical profession for that era Wedgwood in her introduction acknowledges that she is ignoring the fashionable theories of her era Rather than assume that the contemporaries of the events misinterpreted them she chooses to give full value to the admitted motives p 16of the men who participated in the actions Her trilogy contains no Marxist or psychological analysis She sees no pre determined outcomes and does not present the overthrow of the legitimate monarch as a necessary step in the long process of creating the modern democracy of England Today in the 21st Century Wedgwood's choice appears perfectly correct as Marxism economic determinism sociology and psychology have all been discredited to a greater or lesser extent as tools of historical analysis The two great strengths of Wedgwood's trilogy are her limpid style and the great depth of her research The narrative flows magnificently Every participant and every event have been exhaustively studied The weakness of the trilogy resides in Wedgwood's decision to tell the story of how Charles I lost not how Cromwell won Wedgwood's choice was reasonable because as she points out in her introduction other good historians have chosen to present the other side The problem is that the culture and mentalities of the enemies of Charles I are not treated with the same insight as are the failures of the various factions on the Royalist sideThe King's Peace begins with two lengthy and fascinating chapters on English society on the eve of the civil war There was no true road system Access to the interior was via the rivers Agriculture dominated the economy but half of the farm workers had to supplement their income through fishing Mining was beginning but the industrial era was far away The gentry controlled the population outside of the cities Country lads enjoyed cock fights and bear baiting while country lasses like picnicsThe problem for Charles was that he was totally out of touch with this world He bought paintings by Italian and Flemish masters organized masues in the style of Versailles for his court and had a Spanish Catholic wife He ignored the Puritans who wanted him to vigorously persecute Catholics in his realm and disapproved of his siding with his wife's country Spain in its war against Protestant HollandPolitically Charles I believed absolutely in his divine right to rule and resented having to ask Parliament to vote taxes for his projects Conseuently he stopped calling Parliament in 1629 To raise funds for his navy he then resurrected an archaic impost referred to as Ships' Money Charles believed that he has the right to use his army to wage war on his own subjects Between 1638 and 1639 he conducted an expensive war with the Scottish covenanters that forced him to call another Parliament that in 1641The newly elected Parliament had no intention of voting Charles I the money that he wanted and was determined to wrest from him control of his army Wedgwood ends her first volume at this point England is drifting towards a civil war that will break out a year later in 1642

  7. Bill Bill says:

    Part 1 of CV Wedgwood's detailed chronicle of England's civil war Not a particularly easy read the political situation is immensely complicated and really involves disparate civil wars in Ireland Scotland and England religious disputes involving many factions and subfactions jostling of economic interests among different classes of people and as always European grand politics Wedgwood goes deep on all of it and covers the events on an almost daily basis explaining as best she can what everyone was thinking at the time they did it The book therefore does not offer broad arguments for historical causes and effects that are best supported by linking key events whose significance can only be seen in retrospect On the other hand this approach helps the reader appreciate how one event can almost inevitably lead to another even if nobody wished it at the time I particularly enjoy Wedgwood's subtle and penetrating sketches of the key figures which is what makes her character as destiny style of historical analysis compelling This book filled in a lot of blanks for me as to how it all came about and I'm looking forward to reading part 2 The King's War

  8. Alex Putnam Alex Putnam says:

    This is a very very good history with a very large caveat The opening is brilliant an eagle eyed survey of the Isles that is absolutely masterful But then the eye falls to a narrative weighed down by the detail An incredibly detailed detail it is one without an introduction one that thrusts the reader back into 1637 without an overlay of 1636 or any year precedent Characters are introduced without introduction major events occur without warning Do not come to this book without a knowledge of the history it tells or it will mercilessly show you the exit It will entertain the reader’s basic understanding of the events with moments of brilliance see for example the fall of Strafford but will leave that reader begging for an intermediary source the majority of the time Perhaps there is hope for the advanced reader but alas this reviewer is not one

  9. Enrique Wedgwood Enrique Wedgwood says:

    good introduction to the period immediately preceding the English civil war challenging without at some contextual understanding of the period

  10. Adam Adam says:

    It's good

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The King's Peace 1637 41 [PDF] ✓ The King's Peace 1637 41 Author C.V. Wedgwood – The King's Peace 1637 1641Day by day almost hour by hour C V Wedgwood describes the four uneasy years that were to explode into civil war a devastation that cost King Charles his life and won the rebe The King's Peace Day by day almost Peace 1637 Kindle Ð hour by hour C V Wedgwood describes the four uneasy years that were to explode into civil war a devastation that cost King Charles his life and won the rebels their revolution Conveying the bewildering momentum of events as the King's peace is overtaken by suspicion disorder and the sword she writes history said The Times 'in the only way taht matters as a living re creation of the past''A superb book beautifully written I have no doubt at all that she makes the onset of the The King's ePUB ´ Civil War intelligible than any historian before her' A L RowseThe King's War and The Trial of Charles I are also published by Penguin.

  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • The King's Peace 1637 41
  • C.V. Wedgwood
  • English
  • 22 February 2016
  • 9780140069907

About the Author: C.V. Wedgwood

Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood OM DBE was an Peace 1637 Kindle Ð English historian who published under the name C V Wedgwood Specializing in the history of th century England and Continental Europe her biographies and narrative histories provided a clear entertaining middle ground between popular and scholarly works.