No, no, I haven't changed sex or become LBGT, or is it, LGBT, or perhaps LTBG - oh I don't know but I am none of those things! No, I have become hooked on the history of James I, Charles I and Charles II. I am ashamed to say that I know next to nothing of the intricacies of their reigns although, as I reported a few weeks back, my interest was snagged by a marvellous book on how the King James Bible came into existence. That introduced me to 'Jimmy boy' who was obviously a fascinating monarch in many ways. Anyway, not having a more detailed biography of him, I checked my 'waiting to be read' pile and guess what I found - The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I by John Adamson. As I lifted it off the shelf I realised why I hadn't got round to reading it because I nearly collapsed under the weight. A hard-back book with 742 pages of which 218 are just the notes. I am using it as an aid to my early morning exercise regime!
I'm only up to page 45 but I'm totally hooked. Also, I have already discerned the sly humour in the title because whilst the revolt is likely to prove "Noble" given that it looks like the beginning of modern Britain, it is also, of course, almost totally "Noble" in the sense that it is the aristos who are leading the way. So far there is no sign of the proles, lazy buggers! Prof. Adamson is a very thoughtful and balanced historian, more than able to point out the fine distinctions and the variable motives that lie behind the "Revolt". It really is a terrific book, I just wish it wasn't so damned heavy!