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Quarrel with the King


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In his typically supple and elegant prose, Nicolson--author of the acclaimed God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible--traces the Pembroke family's "arc of ambition, success, failure, and collapse" between the 1520s and the 1640s, when the fourth earl of Pembroke joined the Puritan rebellion. Along the way, Nicolson highlights the ambiguous nature of this most powerful of dynasties--"one of the richest and most glamorous" of their time. Outwardly the servile courtiers of the king in London, in fact they presented a potent provincial counterweight to the monarchy's centralizing preferences with their vast Anglo-Welsh palatinate and a legion of loyal tenants. While fiercely protective of their rights, the Pembrokes were not "liberal" by today's standards; if anything, it was the royal administration that represented the future modern state while the Pembrokes and their feudal values harked back to the Middle Ages. As Nicolson wistfully concedes, "this story is about the end of an old world, not the making of a new one." For fans of the Tudor and Stuart era, this will be a welcome treat. 16 pages of color photos. (Nov. 4) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

The Pembroke family illuminates a crucial era in English history. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Beautifully written and finely balanced. . . . A disarmingly readable contribution to the history of ideas. . . . An elegant, thoughtful, imaginative book about the need for dreams and the ugliness of modernisation. . . . His book will give abiding pleasure."--Sunday Times (London)
"This is a rich, informative and original book."--Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph (London)
"Absorbing. . . . Wonderful, lyrical and contemplative."--The Guardian
"A superb book, beautifully written, subtle, passionate, questioning, mind-altering and wise."--Daily Mail (London)
"A moving account of the Elizabethan golden age, retold through the varying fortunes of the Pembroke family, and a tour de force. . . . A brilliantly imaginative and beautifully written coup of scholarship."--The Observer (London)

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