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White King: The Tragedy of Charles I (Paperback)Leanda de Lisle (author)
Less than forty years after the golden age of Elizabeth I, England was at war with itself.
At the head of this disintegrating kingdom was Charles I, who would change the face of the monarchy for ever. His reign is one of the most dramatic in history, yet Charles the man remains elusive. To his enemies he was the 'white tyrant of prophecy': to his supporters a murdered innocent. Today many myths still remain.
It is an epic story of glamour and strong women, of populist politicians and religious terror, of mass movements and a revolutionary new media: one that speaks to our own divided and dangerous times.
Winner of the HWA Crown for Best Work of Historical Non-Fiction 2018
Times Book of the Year
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
'A revelation... White King is that rare thing, a page-turning history that gently but insistently also asks provocative questions about a period on which our opinions have been all too fixed. Charles does not emerge with his reputation restored, but he emerges whole.' - Mathew Lyons, The Financial Times
'Fascinating.' - Andrew Marr, The Evening Standard
'Humane and scholarly... De Lisle's deeply and originally researched book brings Charles alive not in kingly isolation but as a father and a husband. Both biography and subject deserve our fullest attention.' - Dan Jones, The Mail on Sunday
'Engaging, well-researched and beautifully written... Emphatically not another book about the civil wars, this instead offers a nuanced and detailed examination of one of our most complex monarchs. It is probably the definitive modern work about Charles I.' - Alexander Larman, The Observer
'De Lisle, who has long been an original voice in popular Tudor studies, is generous to Charles, but too sharp a reader of evidence to ignore his flaws... Pellucid, compelling and enriched by fresh evidence... Sympathetic but scrupulous to the last.' - Jessie Childs, The Sunday Telegraph
'This is the most gripping piece of revisionist history I have read for a long time.' - The Spectator
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“What non-fiction should be ”
A really challenging read that has taken me almost a month to read 300 pages, but I feel good about it.
This book just makes you feel sorry for Charles and his family. He makes mistakes, but he isn't the first... More
“A portrait of a marriage”
There has been a severe lack of engaging, accessible biographies of this most unfortunate of monarchs in recent years, and Leanda De Lisle has filled that gap admirably with a well researched and page-turning account... More
Excellent read well researched put Charles across in a new light. Could not put it down.
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