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Published: 15 March 2009

544 Pages

ISBN: 9780199228171

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The History of the Rebellion

A New Selection

Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon
Edited and Introduced by Paul Seaward

Oxford World's Classics

  • Clarendon's History of the Rebellion is one of the best-known historical narratives and one of the greatest. Written by someone intimately connected with the momentous events it describes, the History is also notable for its literary qualities and vivid potraits of some of the key players.
  • An enormous work, this is the only affordable selection currently in print, and the first popular edition since that of G. Huehns in 1953.
  • Paul Seaward's new selection includes all the famous passages concerning e.g. Falkland, Charles I, and Cromwell, but also provides a readable narrative account of the Civil War by interweaving Clarendon's History with his Life more fully than in Clarendon's composite published History, to link his personal story to the greater struggle going on around him.
  • The selection includes the account of Clarendon's friendships with the London literary world of the 1630s.
  • A substantial introduction sets Clarendon's achievement in its political and literary context; a glossary of main characters and index enhances the volume's usefulness.