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BY THE SAME AUTHOR.
NEW EDITION, REVISED.
THE HISTORY OF SCOTLAND:
FROM AGRICOLA'S INVASION TO THE EXTINCTION OF
THE LAST JACOBITE INSURRECTION.
Eight Volumes and Index. Crown 8vo, £3, 3s.
"One of the completest histories that we ever saw of any country. Mr Burton's merits as a historical writer are great. . . . When he has to deal with the great case of Queen Mary, his treatment of the subject becomes a model of argument, at once clear and powerful, but at the same time never overstepping the bounds of the judicial function of the historian. This last portion is the gem of Mr Burton's book. We confess that, great as were the merits which we saw in Mr Burton's book throughout, yet the earlier portions did not lead us to expect anything like the impressive grandeur of this last chapter."
"The great work undertaken by Mr Burton has been brought to a deservedly successful conclusion. It closes with as much freshness, vigour, and picturesqueness as marked its opening chapters. Mr Burton has the highest qualifications for the task. In no other History of Scotland with which we are acquainted are there the especial attractive graces which distinguish these volumes of national history."
"They contain, for the period embraced by them, the best account that has yet been published of the national being and life of Scotland. Mr Burton's knowledge is varied and deep; and his chapters upon the antiquities of Scotland, the prehistoric and Roman eras, the different races that held the country, and the gradual development of Scottish nationality, collect all that is known on these subjects. He has thrown much new light on the early political state of Scotland, and on her more mature institutions; and he has traced with real precision and learning the character of her ancient monarchy."
"His work will long remain a monument of the painstaking research of the nineteenth century, and must be regarded as the most satisfactory History of Scotland which has yet appeared."
"Mr Burton has now completed a great and noble work with the same impartiality, vigour, and clearness which characterised the opening volumes. To be impartial in such a case is a high claim to well-deserved success, and our author is not merely impartial, but eminently readable. His general style is at once bold, simple, and brilliant. His pictures are never overlaid with colour, though always truthful and picturesque.
THE REIGN OF QUEEN ANNE.
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SOME OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
"If readers can figure to themselves a grave and stately history written by the Book-Hunter' in his best vein-a history that is dignified without being dull, lively without being shallow, eloquent without trick or mannerism, and, when occasion serves, lit up by twinkles of quiet humour that never come amiss and never offend the most severe good taste-they will present to themselves a just idea of the meritorious work now under review. Of its other than merely popular aspects it would be difficult to speak too highly."
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"A work of great value, and will probably receive a permanent place in English historical literature."
Notes and Queries.
"The result is that we get a contribution to historical literature of a more solid value than could be attained by mere charm of narrative or skilful character painting."
"It is impossible to read his pages-especially the chapters dealing with the War of the Spanish Succession and the Union with Scotland-without seeing that he has a thorough knowledge of his subject, and a masterly grasp of all the events that come within his ken. He has a keen eye for character, and his description of Marlborough will compare with the delineations of the best masters in the gallery of historical portraiture."
WILLIAM BLACKWOOD & SONS, EDINBURGH AND LONDON.