The extraordinary story of one English family in the seventeenth century- narrative social history at its best.
Adrian Tinniswood is a historian and educationalist. He lectures regularly in Britain and the US, and was for many years consultant to the National Trust on heritage education. He is the author of eleven books of social and architectural history including His Invention So Fertile, his acclaimed biography of Sir Christopher Wren. His most recent book was By Permission of Heaven- The Story of the Great Fire of London.
"A marvellous history. Intimate and compelling, it's an exciting
tale of adventure on the high seas and a family torn apart by civil
war" * Daily Mail *
"A compelling drama of marriage, death, madness and adventure" -- Stella Tillyard * Sunday Times *
"A fascinating and engrossing tale" * Sunday Telegraph *
"Much more than a powerful family saga, full of spectacular rows and tearful makings-up, joyful births and tragic early deaths... A model for how biography and social history can be made to work magnificently together" * Financial Times *
"A wonderfully immediate, intimate portrait of an age" * Scotsman *