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Michael Dummett, 24 January 1985

Chess: The History of a Game 
by Richard Eales.
Batsford, 240 pp., £12.50, December 1984, 0 7134 4607 2
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... as degrading or treated with indifference? These are the questions that principally interest Eales, and he conveys a good deal of interesting information in answering them. He conveys it in a pleasant and readable, if never elegant or very distinctive style: though he takes for granted that his readers know the rules, his book could be read with ...

Draining the Whig bathwater

Conrad Russell, 10 June 1993

The Personal Rule of Charles I 
by Kevin Sharpe.
Yale, 983 pp., £40, November 1992, 0 300 05688 5
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... comes to find it difficult to write about Charles without moderation. Instead of thinking, like Dr Richard Cust, that revision has tended to throw out the baby with the bathwater, he thinks that there are large quantities of Whig bathwater still to be drained. Many of Dr Sharpe’s arguments will be engaged by historians for some time to come. He does not ...

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