Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox

By Robin Lane Fox

Tricky, resolute, fearless, Alexander was once a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the serious experience of conquest and of the unknown. whilst he died in 323 BC elderly thirty-two, his monstrous empire comprised greater than million sq. miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements have been unprecedented - he had excelled as chief to his males, based eighteen new towns and stamped the face of Greek tradition at the old East. the parable he created is as effective this present day because it used to be within the old international.

Robin Lane Fox's magnificent account searches throughout the mass of conflicting facts and legend to target Alexander as a guy of his personal time. Combining old scholarship and acute mental perception, it brings this vast determine vividly to existence.

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However, a bigger problem for Charles II was his brother and heir, James, Duke of York (1633– 1701), a man in his father’s mold. James horrified the political nation by converting to Roman Catholicism, a faith linked in the 17th-century mind with tyranny, gunpowder plots, arbitrary taxation, and every other conceivable wickedness. Crowned James II in 1685, his pursuit of pro-Catholic policies was the stuff of his subjects’ worst nightmares. When his second wife, an Italian Catholic, gave birth to a son in 1688, raising the prospect of a line of Roman Catholic monarchs, religious leaders and members of parliament decided to oppose the King.

The King rejected the authority of the court, but he was found guilty and executed, ushering in 11 years of republican rule. Although the monarchy was restored in 1660, the shadow of the execution could not be wiped away. In the final instance, the monarch was subject to the will of the people, not a divinely appointed superhero. funding from France. However, a bigger problem for Charles II was his brother and heir, James, Duke of York (1633– 1701), a man in his father’s mold. James horrified the political nation by converting to Roman Catholicism, a faith linked in the 17th-century mind with tyranny, gunpowder plots, arbitrary taxation, and every other conceivable wickedness.

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