Made by Lawrence Stone himself, this abridgement of his highly-regarded study omits many statistical details not needed by the non-specialized reader. It presents a new interpretation of the long-term social changes leading up to the English Revolution of the mid-seventeenth century.
Praise for the original edition
"The first major and comprehensive study of the English aristocracy as a group for any period of that history....By any standard, a remarkable book."--Historical Journal
"In its imaginative sweep, the quality of its writing, and its intellectual authority, [Stone's book] is a brilliant work."--The New York Review of Books