From St. Martin's Press:
The Children of Charles I
and the English Civil Wars
By Linda Porter
“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
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.
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
Booklist Online Exclusive: January 31, 2018:
Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and
the English Civil Wars.
Porter, Linda (Author)
Feb 2018. 448 p.
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If your view of England’s Civil Wars consists
of romantic royalists and straitlaced Roundheads, Porter’s (Tudors
versus Stewarts, 2014) latest will ably complete the picture. It follows
the conflicts that ravaged seventeenth-century England, Scotland, and
Ireland, religion-fired power plays that plunged the population into
chaos and sent a king to the execution block. After Queen Elizabeth I
died without an heir, her cousin
James, Stuart king of Scotland,
claimed the English throne. His son Charles succeeded him. Charles I,
fervent believer in the divine right of kings, fell out with Parliament
and went to war. A habitual promise breaker, he managed to enrage
everyone who tried to negotiate with him, and after a decade of conflict
hundreds of thousands of deaths, Charles was executed for high
treason. His children died or went into exile, dependent on foreign
monarchs as they plotted their return. Some reclaimed their fortunes,
but crowns were no guarantee of a happy ending. A narrative with many
strands and hundreds of players, for
the motivated reader, Royal
Renegades revives a turbulent era of English history.
— Mary Ann
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