Culloden: Battle & Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe

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  • Culloden: Battle & Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe
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Charles Edward Stuart’s campaign to seize the British throne on behalf of his exiled father ended with one of the quickest defeats in history: on 16 April 1746, at Culloden, his 5,000-strong Jacobite army was decisively overpowered in under forty minutes. Paul O’Keeffe reveals the unexpected consequences of the rising – mapping the Scottish Highlands to aid military subjugation would eventually lead to the foundation of the Ordnance Survey. Charles Edward Stuart’s journey from ‘Bonny Prince’ to embittered alcoholic invalid. While in the long term the doomed Stuart cause acquired an aura of romanticism, the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46 remains one of the most bloody and divisive conflicts in British domestic history, which resonates to this day.

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