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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Misleading label 27 juillet 2010
Par dunnettreader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is only Vol 1 and its appendices. And no, you can't tell that from the sample. Amazon needs to apply some discipline to the descriptions and metadata on re-publications of old multivolume public domain works. We shouldn't have to buy a pig-in-a-poke. It happens much too frequently.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE FOURTH VOLUME OF HUME'S FAMED HISTORY 13 février 2013
Par Steven H. Propp - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The History of England is philosopher and writer David Hume's great work on England's history from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688, written while he was serving as librarian to what became the National Library of Scotland. It was published in six volumes in 1754, 1756, 1759, and 1761. This fourth volume covers the period of Queen Elizabeth from 1558 to 1602. The previous volume was The History of England, Volume III (History of England, The), and the next volume is The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688: Volume V.

He begins with the statement, "In a nation so divided as the English, it could scarcely be expected, that the death of one sovereign, and the accession of another, who was generally believed to have embraced opposite principles to those which prevailed, could be the object of universal satisfaction: Yet so much were men displeased with the present conduct of affairs... that the people, overlooking their theological disputes, expressed a general and unfeigned joy that the scepter had passed into the hands of Elizabeth... compassion towards her situation, and concern for her safety, had rendered her, to an uncommon degree, the favourite of the nation." (Pg. 3-4)

He asserts, "Of all the European churches, which shook off the yoke of papal authority, no one proceeded with so much reason and moderation as the church of England; an advantage... partly from the gradual and slow steps, by which the reformation was conducted in that kingdom. Rage and animosity against the catholic religion was as little indulged as could be supposed in such a revolution... The splendor of the Romish worship, though removed, had at least given place to order and decency... And the new religion, by mitigating the genius of the ancient superstition... had preserved itself in that happy medium, which wise men have always sought..." (Pg. 119-120)

He observes, "During these years, while Europe was almost every where in great commotion, England enjoyed a profound tranquility; owing chiefly to the prudence and vigour of the queen's administration, and to the wise precautions, which she employed in all her measures." (Pg. 176) He adds, "The queen had now brought affairs with Mary [I] to that situation... and had found a plausible reason for executing vengeance on a competitor... But she was restrained ... She foresaw the invidious colours, in which this example of uncommon jurisdiction would be represented by the numerous partizans of Mary, and... all foreign princes, perhaps with all posterity... Elizabeth, therefore, who was an excellent hypocrite, pretended the utmost reluctance to proceed with the execution of the sentence..." (Pg. 236)

Of Mary [I, "Queen of Scots"] he states, "a woman of great accomplishments both of body and mind, natural as well as acquired; but unfortunate in her life, and during one period, very unhappy in her conduct. The beauties of her person and graces of her air combined to make her the most amiable of women... she seemed to partake only so much of the male virtues as to render her estimable, without relinquishing those soft graces, which compose the proper ornament of her sex." (Pg. 251)

He summarizes about Elizabeth, "The unusual length of her administration, and the strong features of her character, were able to overcome all prejudices... Her vigour, her constancy, her magnanimity, her penetration, vigilance, address, are allowed to merit the highest praises, and appear not to have been surpassed by any person that ever filled a throne.... Her heroism was exempt from temerity, her frugality from avarice, her friendship from partiality, her active temper from turbulency and a vain ambition... but we are also apt to require some more softness of disposition, some greater leniency of temper, some of those amiable weaknesses by which her sex is distinguished... her qualities as a sovereign, though with some considerable exceptions, are the object of undisputed applause and approbation." (Pg. 351-353)

While Hume's scholarship has since been superseded, his lively writing style makes this a series well worth reading.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 When civil dudgeon first grew high 26 juillet 2011
Par Stephen Cowley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a review of the Liberty Press edition, which is properly typeset and should be distinguished from the numerous print-on-demand versions currently (2011) advertised.

This is the fifth of six volumes of Hume's History of England, though it was the first published, as it is the first of the two volumes of the History of the Stuarts that was the first part to be completed. The first edition contained a remark summarising the theme as opposition to 'superstition and fanaticism', by which Hume meant Anglo-Catholicism and Puritanism. He was persuaded to remove this from later editions, but it summarises his 'plague on both their houses' approach to the conflict between King and Parliament of which the English Civil War and 'Glorious Revolution' are the best known parts. The Whig reply was John Millar's Historical View of the English Government.

The book also has chapters on the development of literature and trade and is almost Shakespearian in the variety of characters who pass before us on the stage of Hume's imagination. Some argue that Hume's sympathies are too secular to do justice to such a religious epoch, but one certainly learns a lot on the way from his even-handedness. For example, I admired the Quaker's greeting the King as 'Friend Charles'. One point to bear in mind is that volumes five and six are a single story, so even if you start here you are in for a long, though rewarding read. The concluding History Of England Vol 6 ends the series with a hymn of praise to Butler's Hudibras, a poem of classic 17th century Anglican sensibility.

The Liberty Press edition is part of a series of cheap, good quality American reprints of out of copyright classics from the 'Scottish Enlightenment'. I'd recommend that if you're interested in the time or place, or in David Hume himself, you take advantage of it.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 When civil dudgeon first grew high 25 juillet 2011
Par Stephen Cowley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although this is the last volume of Hume's History of England, it was the first published, as the History of the Stuarts was the first part to be completed. The first edition contained a remark summarising the theme as opposition to 'superstition and fanaticism', by which Hume meant Anglo-Catholicism and Puritanism. He was persuaded to remove this from later editions, but it summarises his 'plague on both their houses' approach to the conflict between King and Parliament that led to the 'Glorious Revolution'. The Whig reply was John Millar's Historical View of the English Government.

There are also chapters on the development of literature and trade and it is almost Shakespearean in the variety of characters who pass before us on the stage of Hume's imagination. Some argue that Hume's sympathies are too secular to do justice to such a religious epoch, but one certainly learns a lot on the way from his even-handedness. I warmed to the Quakers addressing the King as 'Friend Charles', for example. This volume, The Last Stuarts and the Glorious Revolution, ends with a hymn of praise to Butler's Hudibras, a poem of classic 17th century Anglican sensibility.

The Liberty Press edition is part of a series of cheap, good quality American reprints of out of copyright classics from the 'Scottish Enlightenment'. This should be distinguished from the numerous print-on-demand versions currently (2011) advertised. I'd recommend that if you're interested in the time or place, or in David Hume himself, you take advantage of it.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Does this include all six volumes or just the first? 20 juin 2010
Par Carol - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With a Kindle book you can't tell from the sample if it includes the whole work. The free ones just happen to leave out James I(Chapters XLV-XLIX and appendix for James 1)! Project Gutenberg forgot it too. So, I am looking for a Kindle Edition that has this included. I give it a one star because the product review doesn't tell you, and the sample doesn't have a Table of Contents!
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