Ranke's History of England

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Leopold von Ranke, the great German historian, wrote scholarly, comprehensive, just and very readable histories of France and Italy, but those adjectives apply most to his History of England, Principally in the 17th Century. It was translated into English almost immediately after it was written, and it remains, along with Samuel R. Gardiner's, the best of the histories of the early Stuart reigns.

Because Ranke wrote for an audience that was much better informed about English history than are most current readers, I have found it useful to add some annotations to Ranke's text. These annotations are of two types:

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