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Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon — Volume 02   By: (1846-1927)

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In Henry Craik's second volume of the biography, Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon, readers are taken deeper into the compelling life and political career of one of England's most influential statesmen during the 17th century. Craik intricately weaves together historical accounts, personal correspondence, and insights into Clarendon's character, presenting a detailed and multi-faceted depiction of this notable figure.

The book primarily focuses on Clarendon's role in the tumultuous years leading up to the English Civil War and its aftermath. Craik paints a vivid picture of the era, capturing the political, social, and religious tensions that ultimately led to the nation's division. The author skillfully highlights Clarendon's unwavering loyalty to the monarchy and his continuous efforts to maintain stability amidst the chaos, presenting him as a steadfast defender of the traditional English order.

Craik's meticulous research is evident throughout the narrative, as he expertly navigates between primary sources to provide a comprehensive understanding of Clarendon's motivations and decision-making process. The inclusion of various letters and documents adds a layer of authenticity, allowing readers to glimpse into Clarendon's mindset and the various challenges he faced.

One of the most impressive aspects of the book is Craik's ability to balance historical detail with engaging storytelling. Despite the abundance of information, the author's vivid prose keeps the reader invested in the narrative. Whether describing Clarendon's involvement in parliamentary debates or his personal struggles, Craik's writing conveys a sense of immediacy and ensures that the book never feels like a dry recitation of facts.

However, it's worth noting that this biography may prove challenging for readers who are less familiar with the political climate and key players of the era. Although Craik provides sufficient context, a basic understanding of 17th-century English history would undoubtedly enhance the reading experience.

Overall, Volume 02 of Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon by Henry Craik is an impressive and informative exploration of a pivotal period in English history through the eyes of an influential statesman. With its meticulous research, captivating storytelling, and nuanced portrayal of Clarendon, this biography is a must-read for anyone interested in this fascinating period of history.

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THE LIFE OF EDWARD EARL OF CLARENDON LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND VOLUME II

BY SIR HENRY CRAIK, K.C.B., LL.D.

[Illustration: John Hampden from a miniature by Samuel Cooper in the possession of Earl Spencer]

CONTENTS OF VOLUME II

CHAPTER

XIV. THE RESTORATION

XV. PROSPECT FOR THE RESTORED MONARCHY

XVI. DIFFICULTIES TO BE MET

XVII. SCOTTISH ADMINISTRATION

XVIII. THE PROBLEMS OF IRELAND

XIX. MARRIAGE TREATY AND RELIGIOUS SETTLEMENT

XX. DOMESTIC DISSENSION AND FOREIGN COMPLICATIONS

XXI. THE DUTCH WAR

XXII. ADMINISTRATIVE FRICTION

XXIII. DECAY OF CLARENDON'S INFLUENCE

XXIV. INCREASING BITTERNESS OF HIS FOES

XXV. THE TRIUMPH OF FACTION

INDEX

LIST OF PORTRAITS

VOLUME II

JOHN HAMPDEN From a miniature by Samuel Cooper, in the possession of Earl Spencer

GEORGE MONK, DUKE OF ALBEMARLE From the original by Sir Peter Lely, in the National Portrait Gallery

GENERAL LAMBERT From the original by R. Walker, in the National Portrait Gallery

SIR HENRY VANE, THE YOUNGER From the original by William Dobson, in the National Portrait Gallery

JOHN MAITLAND, DUKE OF LAUDERDALE From the original by Sir Peter Lely, in the National Portrait Gallery

GEORGE DIGBY, SECOND EARL OF BRISTOL From the original by Sir Anthony Vandyke, in the Collection of Earl Spencer

SIR EDWARD NICHOLAS From the original by Sir Peter Lely, in the National Portrait Gallery

ANNE HYDE, DUCHESS OF YORK From the original by Sir Peter Lely

JAMES BUTLER, DUKE OF ORMONDE From the original by Sir Godfrey Kneller

CHAPTER XIV

THE RESTORATION

After the death of Cromwell, on September 3rd, 1658, there ensued for the exiled Court twenty months of constant alternation between hope and despair, in which the gloom greatly preponderated... Continue reading book >>




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