Culloden by Trevor Royle


The Battle of Culloden in 1746 has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: a vicious confrontation between the English Royal Army and the Scottish forces supporting the Stuart claim to the throne. But this wasn't just a conflict between the Scots and the English: the battle was also part of a much larger campaign to protect the British Isles from the growing threat of a French invasion.In Trevor Royle's vivid and evo...

Details Culloden

Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Cultural, Scotland, War, Military Fiction, European History

Reviews Culloden

  • Larry
    The battle on the Drummossie Moor near Inverness commonly called Culloden after a nearby manor house was one-sided in every way. Bonnie Prince Charlie's army of 5,000 faced a royalist force of almost 10,000 that was well-trained, well-armed, well-fed, and well-led, all of those characteristics being absent on the Jacobite side. The ground was flat, featureless, boggy, and beset by rain and sleet. The Highlander charge, the Jacobite favorite tacti...
  • Shaun
    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.Where to start. The book is titled Culloden but there are only a few pages that describe the actual battle of Culloden itself. The subtitle of "...Forging of the British Empire" is more accurate for what the book is actually about. Sure the pivotal point was Culloden, but perhaps the title should reflect more what the actual book is about. Okay, that's out of the way...
  • Eric
    Good information but it seemed the author went to great lengths to make it longer.
  • Taylor Price
    The title of the book is sadly misleading. The subtitle is a much more accurate title for what the book is about. The author makes the point that Culloden was a significant battle because it was the last battle on British soil, helped demonstrate the Hanoverian’s power over Scotland and Britain’s colonies, launched the careers of many British officers in that generation, etc. My biggest problem with this book is that he talks about the career...
  • Simon Dobson
    It's unusual when the history of an event deals with that event one-third of the way through, spends the rest of the book looking at the personal and global consequences of the event – and still feels completely balanced in its treatment.Culloden was many things, both the last battle fought on UK soil and the source of a great homogenisation of culture across the country. For such a dramatic event, the actual battle was remarkably simple, being...
  • Matt
    Overall "Culloden: Scotland's last battle and the forging of the British Empire" is an a concise take on the influences of the battle fought at Drummossie Moor on Cumberland and his posse of officers as a whole, and the beginnings of the British Empire as can be traced from these military men's experiences from their victory over the Jacobite forces. Like many of the people whose reviews I have read of this book, I was a bit disappointed as I tho...
  • Becky Tatar
    This was an excellent book, putting the Battle of Culloden within the larger context of the 100+ year war that Britain waged with France during the 1700, and early 1800s. The story is really about how officers under the Duke of Cumberland, who had been with him in Flanders, then at Culloden, went on to win victories for Britain over France in Canada, the Ohio valley, the Caribbean, and India, which would form the basis of Britain's start as a wor...
  • Carey
    I've been trying to get through the audiobook for roughly a month and finally made it half-way through - after having to repeat multiple chapters - and so this is where I call it quits. I agree with previous reviews that the title of this book and the actual details inside of it are not really one and the same. Although the title is "Culloden" the battle itself is seemingly more of an afterthought and tracing the author's framing of this topic is...
  • Anna C
    This isn't a bad book in its own right, but it was very badly mislabeled. Going by the title and the summary on the back of the book, you'd (reasonably) assume this was a book about the Battle of Culloden. Actually it's a book about the generation of imperial British officers who fought at Culloden and then went on to have distinguished (or not so distinguished) military careers in the Seven Years War and India. So maybe 10% of the book is about ...
  • Craig Flint
    Interesting book postulating the premise that the Battle of Culloden in Scotland (the last battle fought on British soil) influenced British global warfare for the following 50 years including North America, India, Europe, The West Indies and the Mediterranean. The leader of that campaign was the Duke of Cumberland (King George II's son) and he and his officers in that campaign were leaders in all the major global British empire campaigns due to ...
  • Andrew Hurst
    Anyone thinking that this book is chiefly about Culloden will be disappointed. The Jacobite rebellion is dealt with in the first few chapters and the majority of the book covers the remainder of the 18th century. Although it is well written it deals far more with politics and events of the Seven Years War and on to events in North America.
  • Angie
    Omg so good
  • Baobab
    I misinterpreted the title of this book, assuming it would be primarily about the battle, it’s antecedents and consequences. These were covered, but in a concise way, in support of the book’s main thesis, which is that the experience of this campaign equipped the English with a cohort of highly capable and experienced officers who went on to play decisive roles in the imperial contests of the next several decades, establishing the British emp...
  • Curt Engelbrecht
    Good read, author has a nice eye for detail, good use of personal info and background to set the stories.
  • Eric Haas
    Culloden was an interesting update to the established body of work focused on the last uprising of the Jacobean movement. The main issue with the work is the sense of false advertising that came with the title and subtitle. A better title would have been "After Culloden: The Role of Scotland's Last Battle and the Forging of the British Empire," as Culloden was really the start of the work. It was beneficial to see what the effects of Culloden had...