The English Life Series is under the general editorship of Peter Quennell. It has proved to be a boon to history students. Each title is written by a different author who is an expert on the history of the era covered. Stuart England went from 1603 to 1714. This book presents a deluge of meticulously well organized facts. Mr. Ashley has his material in broad groupings such as ""Education and Ideas,"" ""Church and State,"" ""Capital and Court,"" etc. In every area, his discussion ranges from the ordinary people through the rising middle classes to the nobility. Without slighting the important political/social issues of the time, he yet manages to make information about such things as dress, furnishings, table manners, etc., essential to a well rounded survey. The whole series is notable for its generous supply of well selected illustrations and this book is no exception. At the end of each chapter there is a bibliography of general and specialized books for further reading. The index provides reference to pictures as well as text.