"Mr. Feiling's brilliancy of expression and largeness of thought is there all the time. . . . His mastery of the details of chicane shows that he has got at last to the bottom of a most important story, hitherto somewhat nebulous in our history. Here we have, on authority not likely to be seriously impugned, the truth about Charles II's foreign policy up to the Treaty of Dover-- the manner, the why and the wherefore of his enslaving himself and his personal policy to Louis XIV in 1670 and effectively for the rest of his reign. A judicious and penetrating analysis of the reasons, the motives and the excuses for this result, so disastrous to England and Europe, will be found in this book. . . . Most interesting volume."--Prof. G. M. Trevelyan in The Observer.
"Good histories of British foreign policy are rare, and accordingly Mr. Feiling's contribution is specially welcome. . . . His special contribution to the history of British foreign policy lies in the fact that he has here re-created for us many of the human instruments of that policy. The book abounds in lively and well-balanced portraits."--The Times.
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