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The extraordinary and dramatic history of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s 1745 campaign to seize the throne of Great Britain

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Dr Jacqueline Riding specialises in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British history and art. She read History and Art History at the universities of Leicester, London and York, and has over twenty-five years' experience working as a curator and consultant within a broad range of museums, galleries and historic buildings, including the Guards Museum, Tate Britain and Historic Royal Palaces. From 1993-1999 she was Assistant Curator at the Palace of Westminster and later founding Director of the Handel House Museum, London. Her publications include Houses of Parliament: History, Art, Architecture (2000). She was the consultant historian and art historian on Mike Leigh's award-winning Mr. Turner (2014) and is the consultant historian on his next feature film, Peterloo. Jacqueline Riding is an Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London and lives in South London.


A gripping, panoramic and timely account of the greatest eighteenth-century crisis to menace the Union of Great Britain
*Tom Holland*

Substantial, deeply researched and fast-moving, it mingles the thrill of revolt with a careful analysis of international contexts and motives
*Literary Review*

Page-turning, impeccably researched

Riding will expand even specialists’ knowledge of the ’45 because of her use of new source material, but her vivid storytelling and lively characterisation will also attract the general reader … She provides fascinating biographical details of the Jacobite leaders and skilfully uncovers their mutual suspicions and divisions. This is a well-researched and honourable attempt at an impartial history.

One of the most incisive accounts of the second Jacobite uprising under Bonnie Prince Charlie succeeds by putting hard-headed analysis before hindsight … A forensic and accomplished account .. It is an immensely rigorous and meticulous book, but the narrative momentum never flags … Riding has done sterling service in providing one of the most nuanced and sophisticated histories of the ’45. Time and again, it offers fresh perspectives and interesting angles
*Scotland on Sunday*

Jacqueline Riding achieves a remarkable feat in producing a history which is both compulsively readable and factually packed. Having brilliantly toured the political situation of mid eighteenth-century Western Europe, she takes us along on the political (and then military) campaign trail with the Young Pretender. But the triumph of Riding’s new account of the 1745 rebellion is that, as we move from Rome, through Paris, to Scotland and England, we are taken grippingly from romance to comedy, and even high farce, before the eventual tragedy
*Catholic Herald*

The use of contemporary accounts, especially from women, offers a different and compelling perspective to events ... Even-handed, refreshingly free of jargon ...[it reads] like a thoroughly researched adventure story
*Library Journal*

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