By Jove, it was a damned hard slog but with enormous fortitude I got there in the end! Yes, indeed, I finished John Adamson's superb history of the events leading up to the English civil war called, with a suitable quibble on the word "noble", The Noble Revolt. I hasten to add, that it was definitely not Mr. Adamson's pellucid prose that made it hard going, it was just that with 740 pages it was a bloody heavy lift! I worked out that the best way to read it was to rest the book on a cushion which rested on my 'tum' and against my raised leg resting on a foot-stool. Also, the fact that I could do some simple arm exercises with it made me feel better about myself!
There is no way I can condense this book despite the fact that it is only mainly concerned with the years 1640 to 1642. It reads almost like the sort of thing you read in The Telegraph today under the general heading of 'Today in Parliament'. Each day, each week, each month, the various 'actors' entered, delivered their lines and then made their exits. Gradually, inexorably (or so it looks in retrospect) those damned "events, dear boy, events" played themselves out to the tragic conclusion - war!
What is so fascinating is that in all this turmoil, this maelstrom of mixed motives, you begin to see the development of parliamentary rule which would, eventually, become a global litmus test for proper governance. Of course, nothing stands still, back then the 'nobles' overcame the king but eventually the commons overcame the nobles and today, in "this scepter'd Isle", we now have all three still existing, more or less amicably, side by side.
It's a terrific story - but my advice is to buy it in Kindle form - so much lighter!