From St. Martin's Press:

ROYAL RENEGADES
The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars
By Linda Porter

PRAISE
“Lively and engaging – Porter deftly weaves together the key political events from a 60 year period with the turbulent lives of some of its youngest royal players.” –History Today


“She tells the tale with admirable flair and clarity.” –Literary Review (UK)


The fact that the English Civil War led to the execution of King Charles I in January 1649 is well known, as is the restoration of his eldest son as Charles II eleven years later. But what happened to the king’s six surviving children is far less familiar.

In ROYAL RENEGADES: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale February 20, 2018), Linda Porter examines the turbulent lives of the children of Charles I during the English Civil Wars.
Casting new light on the heirs of the doomed king as their family life was shattered by war, acclaimed historian Linda Porter brings to life their personalities, legacies, and rivalries for the first time:
 Elizabeth and Henry were used as pawns in the parliamentary campaign against their father.
 Mary, the Princess Royal, was whisked away to the Netherlands as the child bride of the Prince of Orange.
 Henriette Anne’s governess escaped with the king’s youngest child to France where she eventually married the cruel, flamboyant, and gay Philippe d’Orleans.
 Charles eventually succeeded his father to the English throne after fourteen years of wandering and promptly enacted a vengeful punishment on those who had spurned his family, with his brother James, who would later, like their father, be driven from the throne.
A tale of love and endurance, of battles and flight, of lives torn apart, the lonely death of a young princess and the devastating experience of exile, ROYAL RENEGADES charts the fascinating story of the children of loving parents who could not protect them from the consequences of their own failings as monarchs and the forces of upheaval sweeping England.

About the Author
Linda Porter has a Ph.D. in history from the University of York, England. She was the winner of the 2004 Biographers Club/Daily Mail prize in England and is the author of The Myth of "Bloody Mary," also available from St. Martin's Press. She is married with one daughter and lives near London.

ROYAL RENEGADES by Linda Porter
Published by St. Martin’s Press | On-Sale February 20, 2018
Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250055422 | $28.99
Ebook | ISBN: 9781466858480 | $14.99

 

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