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Excerpt from Henry Stuart Cardinal of York and His TimesThe life of the last grandson of James II., entwined as it was with the more important life of his father and the more stirring life of his brother, would be lamentably incomplete without anMoreExcerpt from Henry Stuart Cardinal of York and His TimesThe life of the last grandson of James II., entwined as it was with the more important life of his father and the more stirring life of his brother, would be lamentably incomplete without an account of the men and movements among which he was born and bred, the influences which guided and controlled his development. He, too, stood in the centre of the storm. The vicissitudes of his near kindred were his- the activities that pressed so closely round them moved and shaped his destiny too, in spite of the quiet resolution with which he eventually took his career into his own hands. Torn from his natural setting, the intrigues and struggles that surrounded him, his life were a formless fragment. Apart from the high lights and deep shadows of his brothers history, it must be a colourless, unintelligible irrelevance. Hence it has been necessary to include in this biography much of the political and domestic history that fell within the term of Prince Henrys life and so deeply concerned the fortunes of his house, though he himself played little more than a passive part therein.The book was completed some time before the King over the Water, but it was judged better to keep it back until the sons life should follow as a sequel to the fathers. Both have come from the same long and careful research. Until 1766, the lives naturally overlap. Incidents common to both lives that are given at length in King James life, are noted here as briefly as possible, that the biography should be complete in itself- while much that was taken from the former book, to keep it within the limits of one volume, finds place here.So the quiet shadowed story of the last Stuart prince is the story of the passing of a dynasty- a Gotterdammerung through whose lightning-torn clouds echo clash of battle and long-drawn notes of doom.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.