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The Rivals

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The Scottish Civil War of 1644-45 can be presented as a contest between James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and Archibald Campbell, 8th Marquis of Argyll. Yet both came from ancient and powerful families, were originally Covenanters, considered themselves loyal subjects - and died at the hands of the executioner.

Murdo Fraser examines these two remarkable men: Montrose, the brilliant military tactician, bold but rash; and Campbell, cautious, considered and opaque. This vivid insight into two remarkable men is also a fascinating portrait of a time of intense political upheaval.




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