Set against the terrible struggle of the English Civil War, Rebels and Traitors is the story of how this turbulent era effected everyone, from rich to poor, and the hopes and dreams that carried them through years of deprivation, bloodshed and terror.
When Gideon Jukes and Juliana Lovell, who are on opposites sides of the struggle, meet during one of the era's most crucial events, their mutual attraction brings the comfort and companionship for which they both have yearned. But the flowering of radical thought collapses; its failure leads to endless plots and strange alliances. And shadows from the past threaten them individually and together in their hard-won peace.
Like Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind and John Jakes' North and South, Lindsey Davis brings to life a turbulent time through the stories of those who struggled, fought, lived and loved on all sides of a defining and devastating time.
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"Davies is a prolific and popular writer, with a wide following for her thrillers set in the classical world. This is something different, large-scale and very ambitious. The word "epic" is overused, but this book deserves it. Davies never forgets that this is not the "English" civil war, but a conflict fought in Wales, Ireland and Scotland as well ... Her research has been assiduous and detailed, her commitment to the subject is impressive, and the background detail is often eye-opening" (Hilary Mantel, The Observer)
I like the Falco stories, but they are light-hearted fun and here Lindsey Davis strikes a more serious note. Her cast of characters is wide and gives natural scope for exploring all sorts of angles in the war. Great battles, the putney debates, Cromwell in Ireland, the Levellers, The New Model, Fairfax, The King's execution, the rump parliament and a scores of other things are all easily explained alongside the stories of her magnificent cast.This book gives life to the ideas, hopes, motivations and dreams of the men and women alive in the English civil war. I have listened with great pleasure to all 29 hrs.
This is a very ambitious book.
Several parallel strands of narrative plot the entire course of the Civil War and its
Aftermath. There is some very good writing and harrowing but convincing accounts of the brutalisation of civilians and military carnage. The book examines the feckless Stuarts, and the colossal suffering brought about by their sense of divine entitlement and disregard for the social contract.
The religious intolerance and radical politics of the different political factions are also well described. Human interest is maintained by personal stories and well drawn descriptions of domestic life and manners. I listened to this colossal work in very long stretches which reflects the quality of the writing and the superb narration. It could very easily have been a series of books.
I would have benefitted from a map of the Civil War and a list of the characters
Mentioned. It goes a long way to restore
A sense of the serious issues at stake after so many tales of romantic royalist exploits.
I think the last part of the book relies rather heavily on coincidence but many disparate threads are ingeniously tied up in the process.
WOW this book is hard going! I love historical epics, but dear Lord Sean Barrett's voice is so wooden. His range of voices is superb and I loved his Millennium trilogy reading but in Rebels and Traitors he is probably numbed by the dullness of the book into something that resembles an ancient Cambridge Don lecturing 30 toddlers. I finally battled through what seems like a blow by blow account of the whole Civil War, and was left with a feeling of utter disappointment.. I had expected more from such a fantastic writer and much loved narrator.
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