Scotland's Last Battle and the Forging of the British Empire

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The Battle of Culloden in 1746 has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: a vicious confrontation between the English Royal Army and the Scottish forces supporting the Stuart claim to the throne. But this wasn't just a conflict between the Scots and the English: the battle was also part of a much larger campaign to protect the British Isles from the growing threat of a French invasion.In Trevor Royle's vivid and evocative narrative, we are drawn into the ranks, on both sides, alongside doomed Jacobites fighting fellow Scots dressed in the red coats of the Duke of Cumberland's Royal Army. And we meet the Duke himself, a skilled warrior who would gain notoriety because of the reprisals on Highland clans in the battle's aftermath. Royle also takes us beyond the battle as the men of the Royal Army, galvanized by its success at Culloden, expand dramatically and start to fight campaigns overseas in America and India in order to secure British interests. We see the revolutionary use of fighting techniques first implemented at Culloden, and we see the creation of professional fighting forces.Culloden changed the course of British history by ending all hope of the Stuarts reclaiming the throne, cementing Hanoverian rule and forming the bedrock for the creation of the British Empire. Royle's lively and provocative history looks afresh at the period and unveils its true significance, not only as the end of a struggle for the throne but the beginning of a new global power.
A vigorous and authoritative history of last major battle fought between Scottish and English forces, ending all hope of the Stuarts reclaiming the throne and forming the bedrock for the creation of the British Empire.

Baker & Taylor
An authoritative history of the last major battle fought between Scottish and English forces on British soil traces events on both sides of the conflict, evaluating how it permanently ended the Stuart claim to the throne and ignited Royal Army campaigns in America and India.

& Taylor

An exploration of the events on both sides of the last major battle between English and Scottish forces traces how the Stuart claim to the throne was permanently ended.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681772363
Branch Call Number: 941.15 ROY 2016
Characteristics: xiii, 409 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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dreadful74 Mar 27, 2017

Totally agree. The battle which the book is titled is a very short chapter with no visual maps about the battle. In addition the author does not Indigenous peoples and how and why they fought. Portrays myths on scalping without historical context of how and why such things started. I wouldn't be surprised if his earlier drafts had "red Indian" instead of natives.

Mar 20, 2017

In 1746, the predominantly Scottish army of the Young Pretender - Charles Stuart to his foes, Prince Charles to his supporters, and Bonnie Prince Charlie to legend - was defeated in battle at Culloden by an army of British soldiers and foreign mercenaries fighting for the Hanoverian dynasty. Subsequently, the restoration of the Stuarts to the thrones of Scotland and England receded into the realm of fantasy. Never again would an armed revolt come so close to deposing a reigning British monarch.

The Jacobite revolt of 1746 was sponsored by the French as part of the War of Austrian Succession, itself an episode in the century-long struggle for supremacy between Great Britain and France that began in the aftermath of the Thirty Years War and effectively ended at Waterloo. Although Culloden gives Trevor Royle's book its title, that book is more about the episodes that followed than it is about the Jacobites and their struggle - the battle itself takes place less than a hundred pages in, and the Stuarts essentially disappear between then and the epilogue. After a chapter describing the pacification of the highlands, even Scotland is mostly left behind. This is somewhat justified in that many of the men who fought in subsequent wars in America and India were veterans of Culloden, and Royce certainly writes interesting and engaging military history, but it still seems to be a bit of a bait-and-switch.


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