A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain
By: Andrea Zuvich (author)Hardback
The Stuart monarchs reigned during a time of turbulence in a world that balanced on the brink of change. It was an era torn between absolute monarchy and revolution: kings ruled with iron fists only to be toppled by opponents who laid claim, not to a crown, but to a country. It was an era that saw the carnage of the English Civil War, the execution of Charles I and rise of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth, Charles II's restoration, the Great Plague and the Glorious Revolution. In this fascinating, day-by-day account of life in Stuart Britain, diarists from the famous Samuel Pepys and the gardener John Evelyn brush shoulders with well-known poets and anonymous writers of household accounts, describing events from the Great Fire of London and the depositions of two kings, to the coronation of Britain's only dual monarchs and the uniting of the English and Scottish crowns. Andrea Zuvich takes the reader on a journey through Stuart Britain, including an extract for every day of the year and exploring the lives of ordinary people as well as the movers and shakers of the Stuart court.
Illustrated with a full-colour image section and providing a definitive timeline for this period in history, A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain is by turns entertaining, thought-provoking and surprising. A must-have book for anyone who wants to know more about the everyday yearly activities and the once-in-a-lifetime events that shaped Britain during the seventeenth century.
Andrea Zuvich is a seventeenth-century historian specialising in the House of Stuart (1603-1714), as well as a historical advisor and author of historical fiction. She is the host of the popular 'The Seventeenth Century Lady' blog. She has degrees in History and Anthropology. Zuvich has appeared on television and radio discussing the Stuarts and gives lectures on the dynasty throughout the UK. She was one of the original developers of and leaders on the Garden History Tours at Kensington Palace. Zuvich, a Chilean-American born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now lives in England.
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