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Rebellion without a cause: Peter Ackroyd's curious Civil War

A review of ‘Civil War’, by Peter Ackroyd. There is a fascination in watching the construction of a narrative that accommodates so little analysis

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

Civil War Peter Ackroyd

Macmillan, pp.482, £20, ISBN: 9780230706415

How our perceptions of 17th-century England are dominated by the convulsions of the two decades at its centre! Peter Ackroyd’s book, the third of what have been announced as six volumes of his History of England, covers the period from the accession of James I in 1603 to the overthrow of his grandson James II in 1688.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £17. Tel: 08430 600033. Peter Ackroyd was literary editor in the 1970s.

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