Burnet's History of My Own Times


Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury, was eye witness to many of the central events of late Stuart government in England and Scotland. The two volumes of his History of My Own Times are the primary source for much of what we take as historic truth about the reigns of Charles II, James II, and WIlliam III. Unfortunately, Burnet is often inaccurate. This edition from the Clarendon Press contains notes from all of Burnet's Victorian and pre-Victorian editors that are themselves entertaining and that correct the Bishop's occasional flights of fancy. You may find the notes as interesting as the text.

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