Royal Renegades

Royal Renegades The fact that the English Civil War led to the execution of King Charles I in January is well known as is the restoration of his eldest son as Charles II eleven years later But what happened to

  • Title: Royal Renegades
  • Author: Linda Porter
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 Casting new light on the heirs of the doomed king and his unpopular but indefatigable Catholic queen, Henrietta Maria,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 Casting new light on the heirs of the doomed king and his unpopular but indefatigable Catholic queen, Henrietta Maria, acclaimed historian Linda Porter brings to life their personalities, legacies, feuds and rivalries for the first time As their calm and loving family life was shattered by war, 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 redoubtable governess escaped with the king s youngest child to France where she grew up under her mother s thumb and eventually married the cruel and flamboyant Philippe d Orleans When their dark and ugly brother Charles eventually succeeded his father to the English throne after fourteen years of wandering, he promptly enacted a vengeful punishment on those who had spurned his family, with his brother James firmly in his shadow A tale of love and endurance, of battles and flight, of educations disrupted, the lonely death of a young princess and the wearisome 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.

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    • Sue says:

      After reading this book I find it difficult to understand why the Tudors always outshine the Stuarts. Is it the complexity of the Civil War? Linda Porter does an admirable job of bringing the six surviving children of Charles 1 and Henrietta Maria centre stage as the children of wealth and privilege are torn apart by the war and the ensuing politics of the courts of western Europe. Very easy to read and puts the war and Restoration in a wider context. I would recommend this book to anyone who is [...]

    • Katharine says:

      I enjoyed reading this but I didn't feel it was as good as it could have been. Telling the story of Charles I's children during the English Civil Wars is a potentially fascinating subject but I felt the author got bogged down in giving an overview of the Civil Wars and lost the focus on the children. This meant the book was unsatisfactory as the story of the Stuart royal children and too scanty on the history of the Civil Wars. There was still lots of interest to be found here but I would rather [...]

    • Sophie Constable says:

      This book is very good for someone wanting to know about the children of Charles I and the impact that the Civil Wars had on them. It is full of information and is clearly well researched. I felt like it focused on Charles I and his wife, Henrietta Maria, a lot more in the first half especially during the Civil Wars and their children were rather overlooked. However I did learn a lot about a subject that I hadn't known much about before. I think it`s a good read for anyone interested in History [...]

    • Lee says:

      A very readable account of the quite sad lives of these children against the background of Charles 1 and the English Civil War.

    • Becky says:

      4.5 stars

    • Lp1989 says:

      Read this one in the public library. This is why Tudor experts should not take on Stuart topics. Porter simply repeats a lot of bunkim about both the war and the king and queen. Porter doesn't have much time or patience for her subjects and the whole thing feels a little scanty on recent historiography. Don't bother.

    • Helen Carolan says:

      An o.k read.Bit disappointing as there wasn't as much written about Charles's 1st's children as i would have liked. Ms Porter spent most of her book discussing the civil war. Not the best piece of history I've read.

    • Sasha Drennan says:

      I did finish this book knowing more than I did about the Civil Wars and European politics and royalty of the time. However, the structure of the book was confusing, a fatal flaw when dealing with such a complicated period and network of relationships. Also, the author assumed a relatively high amount of prior knowledge of the Civil Wars, which I certainly didn't have.The style of the book is quite dry but the author also imposes her voice and opinions quite firmly, very often without recourse to [...]

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