YOUNGSON, A. J.
Title: Prince and the Pretender : A Study in the Writing of History. First Editionin dustjacket
Publisher:  Croom Helm, London / Sydney / Dover, New Hampshire, 1985, ISBN:0709929129
Seller ID: 115356
YOUNGSON, A. J. The Prince and the Pretender : A Study in the Writing of History. London / Sydney / Dover, New Hampshire : Croom Helm, (1985). First Edition. Pp (10),3-270,(2). 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "A J.Youngson is one of the foremost Scottish historians to have emerged since the Second World War. In his latest book, The Prince and the Pretender, he has turned to a topic that has long fascinated him, the 1745 rebellion. What is the truth about the '45? How can some historians depict Charles Edwardas the dashing leader of heroic forces fighting against odds in a just and reasonable cause, while others dismiss him as an egotistical adventurer, r eckless with the lives of others, bent upon overthrowing a regime which most people in Great Britain preferred to anything that he or his father couldput in its place? In this book Professor Youngson produces two accounts of the '45 and the events that led up to it, one of them sympathetic to Georg e II and the government of the day. Each of these accounts is an exciting historical narrative; each is based strictly on well-known contemporary sources; each contains all the principal facts of the case; neither relies on doubtful evidence or on blatant appeals to the reader's emotions. Yet the two versions are very different. In a scholarly introduction the author showswhat ways genuine historians may select and present the evidence so as to produce a history compatible with their own inborn preferences and prejudices. He also warns that there is therefore no clear and certain dividing line between history and propaganda - 'it is therefore for the reader to beware'. This is a book which not only tells an exciting story - two exciting stories - but which is bound to interest all those wno enjoy reading history,and to be useful to all those who intend to write it." (from the dj). Cont ents : Part I: Introduction. Part II: A History of the Rebellion : 1. Global War. 2. 'A Desperate Undertaking'. 3. The Progress of the Rebels. 4. Invasions One and Two. 5. An Economical Victory. Part III: The Jacobite Rising : 6. The House of Stuart. 7. 'The Hour is Struck'. 8. The Descent from the Highlands. 9. Panic in London. 10. Triumphs and Tragedy. Index. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00