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Margulies' new book: The Battle of Prestonpans 1745

Timeous and Well Written .. Margulies Tells the Tale

Author Martin Margulies has worked with Tempus Publishing to produce this new book this month just as our Campaign rolls forward. It runs to 192 pp and carries 20 illustrations, with ISBN reference 978 07524 40354 is offering the book at a delivered discounted price of 13.49 [rrp 17.99]

This is the first book length history of the Jacobite battle fought on 21st September 1745 between the forces of the Hanoverian government and Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as 'Bonnie Prince Charles'. Lieutenant-General Sir John Cope, the leader of the Hanoverian army, has been ridiculed in song and in history books for losing the Battle of Prestonpans - the first major battle of the final and most audacious Jacobite Rising. Cope's defeat led to the invasion of England in which the Jacobites almost drove King George II from the throne.

But was Cope really to blame? The Jacobite Risings occurred after Parliament ousted King James Stuart II of England / VII of Scotland in 1688 and installed a new dynasty. Stuart loyalists, many of them based in Scotland, took up arms repeatedly in abortive attempts to restore James' descendants. The 1745 Rising led with style and grace by Bonnie Prince Charlie was the grand finale.

Martin Margulies traces Scottish history up to the '45, describes the sharply contrasting weapons and tactics of the opposing armies, and follows the Prestonpans campaign from the time Prince Charles Edward landed, almost alone, on the remote Isle of Eriskay through to the moment his small force destroyed Cope's regulars in an early morning Highland charge.

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Published Date: February 20th 2007

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