The Road Not Taken by Frank McLynn
Revolutionary Moments in British History

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Frank McLynn's new book is the latest in a number of recent works dealing with revolt and rebellion in English history, a trend that undoubtedly reflects our own preoccupation with current events.
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Britain has not been successfully invaded since 1066; nor, in nearly 1,000 years has it known a true revolution – one that brings radical, systemic and enduring change. The contrast with Britain’s European neighbours, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia, is dramatic – all have been convulsed by external warfare, revolution and civil war and experienced fundamental change to their ruling elites or social and economic structures.

Frank McLynn takes seven occasions when Britain came closest to revolution: the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381; the Jack Cade rebellion of 1450; the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536; the English Civil Wars of the 1640s; the Jacobite Rising of 1745-6; the Chartist Movement of 1838-48; and the General Strike of 1926. Why, at these dramatic turning points, did history finally fail to turn? McLynn examines Britain’s history and themes of social, religious and political change to explain why social turbulence stopped short of revolution on so many occasions.
 

About Frank McLynn

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Frank McLynn has over twenty books to his name, including his acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionhearted. His other books include Richard and John: Kings at War; Villa and Zapata; 1066; Heroes & Villains; and Napoleon: A Biography. McLynn is a graduate of Oxford and London University. He lives in London.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 624 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Thomas Penn on Sep 21 2012

Frank McLynn's new book is the latest in a number of recent works dealing with revolt and rebellion in English history, a trend that undoubtedly reflects our own preoccupation with current events.

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