The Prince and the Pretender Two Views of the ‘45

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The Prince and the Pretender Two Views of the ‘45

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The Prince and the Pretender
Two Views of the ‘45
By A J Youngson
Pub 1985 by The Mercat Press
ISBN 1873644 620

I read a review of this book on Magweb and was sufficiently intrigued to get my own copy from e-bay. I have to say I was not disappointed. The central theme of the book is the perception of history and historical truth. To this end the book consist of two concise accounts of the '45 one taken from the Government viewpoint and one from the Jacobite viewpoint. Both accounts are written by the same author and use only information the author believes to be true. The introduction in itself is full of fascinating details and contradictions as given in original sources. Each account is about 100 pages long and as a standalone history each is creditable although I think the one told from the Government perspective has a better narrative and is a better read or perhaps I'm just biased? The Jacobite narrative creditably avoids taking some cheap shots at the Duke of Cumberland with respect to the British Army at Culloden and goes to some length to explain that the breakdown of highland society was implemented by the Clan Chiefs rather than the Government who simply put in place conditions to make it possible. Indeed the impact of the measures taken by the Government after the rebellion reads much like the Life of Brian script for 'what have the Romans ever done for us'!
This may be unintentional on the author’s part.
Overall highly recommended.

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