Written by Brendan McConville, The Kings Three Faces: The Rise & Fall of Royal America is a masterful study of the colonial American approach toward monarchy, and the way this attitude was in political cultures just before the revolution. Just like other scholars who rush to promote their work, Brendan exaggerates his claim leading him to provide a counter thesis on the historiographical convention.
Brendan examines the privileges of the Royals in the provincial politics and cultures during the revolution in the years 1688 to 1689 and after that the revolution of America in 1775. During that time, the colonist fully backed the succession of Hanoverian and expanded the British Empire. According to McConville, what happened was fragmentation. The very first error was amongst the homeland Britons with the colonists and after that the founders of the revolution of America. He goes ahead and produces an appealing account of the royalties in the colonial America. He clearly shows how the rituals performed during the celebrations showed the succession of the Hanoverian right from performing the rights and the monarch’s birthday to the pope’s parade (McConville 56).
Many historians who deal with colonial issues may disagree with McConville, but he went ahead and provided some answers that were in the same area as Gordon S. Wood’s discussion about the monarchial society. Therefore, it is evident that Brendan’s book truly describes what happened during the revolution. However, kings wore different faces, and Brendan managed to explain how colonists had contradicting views regarding the monarchial place, in both their lives and that of the British Empire. Pioneers marked the failure of the papist plots on November 5, and after that, on January 30, they mourned the downfall of their kings. The celebrations of the royalism were bereaved by an event just like the Boyne battle on 12 July 1690. The battle caused the different groups back together again in celebrating unity and Protestantism’s triumph over the Roman Catholicism. The celebrations were triggered by the victory over France in the war that lasted seven years.
The civil war of the English was due to the conflict between the royals and the parliamentarians. It was started in the year 1642 and ended in the year 1651. They argued about the principals of the England government. The first war was between King Charles I supporters and the parliament and it continued to the second war in the year 1648 to 1649. The third civil war was between King Charles II and the parliamentarian won the battle thus ended the war in 1651 (McConville 92).
The colonists and the Britons viewed the legacy of the glorious revolution in a different way. The Britons praised the creation of a limited monarchy and the connected development of parliament in the mid-1760. The colonists were dormant of the constitutions features.
The best parts of this book are the sections that describe the ceremonies that were organized to honor the monarchs together with their families. McConville outlines the images that the royals just as they were portrayed in the America colonies. McConville argued that the proposals for the redesigning the structures would fail because they were offered by people who are not bureaucrats and thus they could not support the changes for them to be effective (McConville 73).
George III was the leader of the Americans who lead them to their breakthrough from colonial rule. The breakthrough was much unexpected and was very passionate as McConville described it. The monarchs thought it wise not to start a war against the colonies and that made it easier for them to succeed when the time came. The rapture was very extreme, and the royal statue in New York City was pulled down (McConville 103).
Brendan also argued that the societies of the colonies created a cultural politics that was firmly attached to the monarchs of the Great Britain. This alliance continued for long until it was almost time for the fight for independence. The breakthrough that was pulled by King George III. By reading the books on American history, from the seventeenth century and not from the revolution. Brendan showed that the political conflicts had been assumed to foreshadow the events of the year 1776, which were fought by parties that raised the competing views of the king and the royal rites and not by using the rights of the Republicans. Therefore, McConville’s book the Kings Three Faces provide a high counter thesis of the American history (McConville 250).
In conclusion, McConville wrote this book because he wanted people to understand how life was before the colony and after. He wanted people to have the view of how the royals were very ordinary people and how they had a strong affection for the monarch. He wanted people not to forget what American Revolution was all about and to see the thirteen colonies for what they are. It is important to study the colonies so that people can understand the revolution of America and learn the history of their country.