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King and Parliament (A.D. 1603-1714)

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In "King and Parliament (A.D. 1603-1714)," George Henry Wakeling provides a comprehensive and detailed examination of the relationship between the monarchy and parliament during the early modern period in England. Wakeling's research is thorough, drawing on a variety of primary sources to shed light on this complex and oftentimes contentious relationship.

One of the strengths of the book is Wakeling's clear and engaging writing style, which makes a potentially dense topic accessible to readers. He effectively navigates the intricate web of political power dynamics, showing how both kings and parliamentarians sought to assert their authority and influence over one another.

Throughout the book, Wakeling effectively highlights key events and individuals that shaped the political landscape of this time period, from the Civil War and the execution of Charles I to the Glorious Revolution and the reigns of William III and Mary II. By examining these historical moments in detail, Wakeling illustrates how the balance of power between the monarchy and parliament evolved over time.

Overall, "King and Parliament (A.D. 1603-1714)" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in British history or political science. Wakeling's scholarly approach and engaging narrative make this book a compelling read for both academics and general readers alike.

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This slim volume by the Oxford University lecturer, George Henry Wakeling, deals with the period in British history from the reign of King James I through the death of Queen Anne. The story begins with England, transformed by the Protestant Reformation and keen to confront Catholic Spain, but burdened by a monarch unequal to national ambitions. Wakeling portrays the subsequent battles for dominance between the contending Protestant sects and chronicles the struggle for sovereignty between the British Crown and the emerging power of Parliament. - Summary by Pamela Nagami

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