White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr (Hardback)Leanda de Lisle (author)
Engagingly written and supported by impeccable research, Leanda de Lisle’s revisionist account of Charles I finds fresh context and contemporary relevance in a turbulent era.
Less than forty years after the golden age of Elizabeth I, England was at war with itself.
The bloody, devastating civil wars set family against family, friend against friend. At the head of this disintegrating kingdom was Charles I. His rule would change the face of the monarchy for ever. Charles I's reign is one of the most dramatic in history, yet Charles the man remains elusive.
Too often he is recalled as weak and stupid, his wife, Henrietta Maria, as spoilt and silly: the cause of his ruin. In this portrait - informed by newly disclosed manuscripts, including letters between the king and his queen - Leanda de Lisle uncovers a Charles I who was principled and brave, but also fatally blinkered.
He is revealed as a complex man who pays the price for bringing radical change; Henrietta Maria as a warrior queen and political player as impressive as any Tudor.
Here too are the cousins who befriended and betrayed them: the peacocking Henry Holland, whose brother engineered the king's fall; and the magnetic `last Boleyn girl', Lucy Carlisle.
This is a tragic story for our times, of populist politicians and religious war, of a new media and the reshaping of nations, in which women vied with men for power. For Charles it ended on the scaffold. Condemned as a traitor and murderer, he was also heralded as a martyr: his reign destined to sow the seeds of democracy across Britain and the New World.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 738 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm
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A really challenging read that has taken me almost a month to read 300 pages, but I feel good about it.
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Excellent read well researched put Charles across in a new light. Could not put it down.
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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
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