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.
I really enjoyed this book. Not only for the characters that were encountered along the way - but I also learnt something about the Civil War.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really just could not deal with Sean Barrett. It is of because I have several other books by him. Though the accents are all done the long descriptions became torture!!
That said the story itself is fascinating and very well done. In the style of Ken Follett, with the main characters coming into contact with all known historical figures. I love the language as well.