OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The History of the Rebellion: A New Selection

ISBN : 9780199228171

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著者: 
Edward Hyde,Earl of Clarendon; Paul Seaward
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544 ページ
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Paperback
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128 x 196 mm
刊行日
2009年02月
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Oxford World's Classics

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I am doing your Majesty some service here, whilst I am preparing the story of your sufferings; that posterity may know by whose default the nation was even overwhelmed with calamities, and by whose virtue it was redeemed.' Clarendon's massive History has since its first publication in 1702-4 dominated our images of the English Civil War. Written by a man who for over a quarter of a century was one of the closest advisers to Charles I and Charles II, it contains a remarkably frank account of the inadequacies of royalist policy-making as well as an astute analysis of the principles and practice of government. Clarendon chronicles in absorbing detail the factions and intrigues, the rise of Cromwell and the death of Charles I, the bloody battles and the eventual Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after the Interregnum. He brings to life the key players in a series of brilliant character portraits, and his account is admired as much for its literary quality as its historical value. This new selection conveys a strong sense of the narrative, and contains passages from Clarendon's autobiography, The Life, including the important description of the intellectual coterie at Great Tew in the 1630s. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more._x000D_

著者について: 

Paul Seaward is General Editor, with Martin Dzelzainis, of an Oxford edition of the complete works of Clarendon (forthcoming). He has edited Thomas Hobbes's Behemoth as part of the Clarendon edition of the works of Thomas Hobbes and has previously published The Cavalier Parliament and the Reconstruction of the Old Regime (CUP,1989) and The Restoration, 1660-1688 (Macmillan, 1990). He has been Director of the History of Parliament Trust, London, since 2001 and was previously a clerk in the House of Commons and held a research fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge.

Clarendon's massive History has since its first publication in 1702-4 dominated our images of the English Civil War. Written by a man who for over a quarter of a century was one of the closest advisers to Charles I and Charles II, it contains a remarkably frank account of the inadequacies of royalist policy-making as well as an astute analysis of the principles and practice of government.
Clarendon chronicles in absorbing detail the factions and intrigues, the rise of Cromwell and the death of Charles I, the bloody battles and the eventual Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after the Interregnum.

He brings to life the key players in a series of brilliant character portraits, and his account is admired as much for its literary quality as its historical value.

This new selection conveys a strong sense of the narrative, and contains passages from Clarendon's autobiography, The Life, including the important description of the intellectual coterie at Great Tew in the 1630s. Click on the links below to listen to Paul Seward discuss the book.

A Political Career
Edward Hyde was born in 1609, the younger son of a Wiltshire country gentleman. The Church, the law and the military were all possible careers he contemplated.
Hear Paul Seaward talking about the significant events of Hyde's early life. [4:02]

Divisions over religion and the increasingly strained relationship between the monarch and his subjects throughout the 1630s contributed to the eventual confrontation between Charles I and parliament the following decade.
Paul Seward discusses how the Civil War was the most significant political event of Hyde's life. [3:58]

Hyde's began his political career by becoming an MP in the Short Parliament in 1640. He drifted slowly towards the Royalist camp and eventually became - in secret - Charles I chief propagandist.
Paul Seward discusses this role. [2:11]

Writing the History
How did Hyde come to write The History of the Rebellion, begun in seclusion during his exile on Jersey after the collapse of the Royalist cause following the battle of Naseby?
Find out more with Paul Seward [2:22]

What were Hyde's aims in writing The History of the Rebellion? In part, it was to understand the Royalists' defeat, and in part it was to stand as a Royalist war memorial.
Hear Paul Seaward discuss this as well as Clarendon's (as he became in 1661) later political rise and fall under Charles II. [5:36]

By 1667 Clarendon, by now a very unpopular figure facing impeachment at home, decided to escape to exile in France. There he found a sort of release in writing polemics, meditations and his autobiography.
Hear how he also, critically, returned to his history of the civil war. [2:41]

The history after Clarendon
Clarendon died in exile in 1674 but the The History of the Rebellion was not published till the start of the following century when Clarendon's granddaughter, Queen Anne, came to the throne
Hear the story of its publication [6:20]

The History of the Rebellion is a great literary work containing passages of great excitement as well as a work of history.
Hear about some of its highlights. [3:49]

Abridging the History
The complete The History of the Rebellion runs to around one-and-a-half million words
Listen to Paul Seaward describing his aims in preparing this abridgement [3:25]

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