One of the greatest figures of his age, Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was widely admired throughout his life for his prose, poetry, political acumen and oratorical skills. Among the most successful and enthralling histories ever written, his "History of England" won instantaneous success following the publication of its first volumes in 1849 ...
One of the greatest figures of his age, Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was widely admired throughout his life for his prose, poetry, political acumen and oratorical skills. Among the most successful and enthralling histories ever written, his "History of England" won instantaneous success following the publication of its first volumes in 1849, and was rapidly translated into most European languages. Beginning with the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and concluding at the end of the reign of William III in 1702, it illuminates a time of deep struggle throughout Britain and Ireland in vivid and compelling prose. But while Macaulay offers a gripping narrative, and draws on a wide range of sources including historical accounts and creative literature, his enduring success also owes a great deal to his astonishing ability to grasp, and explain, the political reality that has always underpinned social change. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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If you liked the old Time, or Vanity Fair, or the New Yorker, you will like this delicius treatment of one of the most important historical periods.
Macaulley is a partisan, historical talk radio on brain enhancing drugs. But the framework of facts he presents are the more memorable for his Whigish spin. His sentences are often long, but they always go someplace amusing. His style is just on the edge of the Baroque, but his cupids are arranged so well, that he is fun to read even if you know, or even care very little for the persons and events of the time.
On the other hand, the time of the Glorious Revolution, is important to all Americans and in fact, all people. The good guys win and their victory sets the stage for the American Revolution
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