REVIEWS OF BOOKS

J. T.
1898 English Historical Review  
REVIEWS OF BOOKS 8H devoted much time and thought to the study of the trials, chiefly, of coarse, for high treason, which are so conspicuous a feature in English history during the reigns of Charles II and James II. This has led him to the conviction that the popular opinion held by English people about Judge Jeffreys is exaggerated, and that with all his faults the devil was not quite so black after all as Macaulay painted him. His book is not, therefore, in any real sense of the word an
more » ... f the word an attempt, to whitewash Jeffreys, and does not attempt to conceal his haTslinogq, brutality, subserviency, and injustice. It is an attempt to correct exaggerations, not to rehabilitate a lost character, and belongs really to the growing literature of ' corrections of Macaulay' rather than to that of independent historical biography. Looked at from this point of view it is certainly worth reading. C.
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