Book Review: Battles of the Jacobite Rebellions by Dr Jonathan Oates

Genre: History

Publisher: Pen & Sword

Pub date: 30 October 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I love history and was drawn to this as I’d only really ever read about the Battle of Culloden. I grew more fascinated by the Jacobite rebellion by watching Outlander.

It is clear from the start that Dr Jonathan Oates has poured so much work in to this book from troop estimations to the names of those involved and even quotes from correspondence at the time.

It is a lengthy read but I felt like I flew through the book due to the writing skill and the amount of detail included.

Each battle allows you to imagine how those involved must have felt at the time and shows you how each side interpreted the outcome of each battle either by exaggerating the numbers they’d succeeded against or been defeated by. Even the weapons used by each side is discussed along with the presentation of the Jacobites, even the English accepted them as brave.

I also wasn’t aware of the battles fought in England so I was fascinated by this, previously I thought the Jacobites had only fought in Scotland.

I’d like to thank Dr Jonathan Oates for the hard work that went in to this truly fascinating account and I’d recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Jacobites or military history.

Thank you to NetGalley and Pen & Sword for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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