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The Great Jacobite Rebellion

Daniel Szechi

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Lacking the romantic imagery of the 1745 uprising of supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 has received far less attention from scholars. Yet the ’15, just eight years after the union of England and Scotland, was in fact a more significant threat to the British state. This book is the first thorough account of the Jacobite rebellion that might have killed the Act of Union in its infancy.
Drawing on a substantial range of fresh primary resources in England, Scotland, and France, Daniel Szechi analyzes not only large and dramatic moments of the rebellion but also the smaller risings that took place throughout Scotland and northern England. He examines the complex reasons that led some men to rebel and others to stay at home, and he reappraises the economic, religious, social, and political circumstances that precipitated a Jacobite rising. Shedding new light on the inner world of the Jacobites, Szechi reveals the surprising significance of their widely supported but ultimately doomed rebellion.

Daniel Szechi is professor of history, Auburn University.

"A carefully-researched and well-written account of the genesis, course and aftermath of the 1715 rising, thoroughly rooted in the social and political context of the time."—John Miller, Queen Mary University of London

“The ’15 will never supplant the ’45, but with great clarity Szechi carries the reader through the web of conspiracies, political chicanery, the bitter divisions in British society, and, in the heat of the rebellion, the military campaign.” - Ben Wilson, The Spectator

“This is a fascinating account of a much-neglected period in the history not only of Scotland but of Britain and western Europe.” - Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman

"[A] first-rate book...It rests on a fine appreciation of the circumstances and tensions of Scottish society, and Szechi skillfully interleaves the politics with military developements."---Jeremy Black, BBC History Magazine

"Szechi skilfully marries the rival interpretations of 18th-century history - hitherto incompatible models of conflict and good order - to demonstare the ways in which a weakened Jacobitism itself contributed to the making of Augustan stability."---Colin Kidd, Times Literary Supplement

"This is the best and sanest account of the 1715 rising now extant."—Bruce P. Lenman, Journal of Modern History

"Szechi's analysis offers a useful profile of the aftermath of the failed rising. . . . He also describes the plight of Jacobite exiles, and the struggles faced by their families left behind. He presents plenty of scope for understanding why, when the opportunity to support the old cause presented itself again in 1745, the Jacobites in Scotland were prepared to rise."—Andrew D. Nicholls, Canadian Journal of History

"Concentrates on closely reasoned analysis of the social, political, and religious circumstances of the revolt. Szechi is very good at that, and he has produced a fine study of the ill-conceived and ill-fated rising of 1715."—Richard J. Grace, The Historian

Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2006
ISBN: 9780300111002
Publication Date: May 11, 2006
384 pages, 234 x 156mm
8 b/w illus.