This continuation of Churchill’s monumental work taught me a lot about a period of English history of which I knew little.
I was fascinated at how Churchill describes the battles between Protestantism and Catholicism swirling around the throne. The conflict over the role of religion in public life is nothing new.
Churchill is the consummate anglophile, and has an obvious sympathy for the Crown. Thus, he tends to be generous to all the English rulers, even while describing their faults.
Of particular interest to me was his narrative of the Cromwell period. He shattered many of the preconceived notions I held about that time.
In an interesting side note, towards the end of the book Churchill picks up the tale of his own ancestors. As can be imagined, they are portrayed in heroic proportions. If they were anything like their illustrious scion, they were heroic indeed.