White King: The Tragedy of Charles I

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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. 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.

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Manufacturer/Publisher: Chatto
Binding: Hardback
Author: Leanda De Lisle

SKU: 9780701185862