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Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars


Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars

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    Linda Porter(Author)

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.

Charles I was, even his wife and key advisers conceded, lacking in the essential strength that a ruler required, in turbulent times. But even Charles's enemies were moved by his loving devotion as a father. Linda Porter looks with sympathy and fluent scholarship at the lives of the six, beloved, Stuart princes and princesses, illuminating how their father's failure as a king inevitably impacted their lives, before the survivors strived to forge their own destinies. (Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King)A wonderful story, both poignant and touching, of the family heartbreak that lay behind the public politics of the Civil Wars. (Janice Hadlow, author of The Strangest Family)One of the great untold stories of British history - a prince who knew what it was like to live as a pauper, an exiled princess as estranged from her husband as from England. Linda Porter's pacy and impeccably researched history takes the five surviving children of Charles I and gives full weight to the personal as well as the political stories. (Sarah Gristwood, author of Arbella and Blood Sisters)

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  • PDF | 448 pages
  • Linda Porter(Author)
  • Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (6 Oct. 2016)
  • English
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  • History
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  • By Mr Tim Cole on 18 November 2016

    I am a huge fan of Linda Porter and enjoy her books immensely. This new study focuses upon the Royal children of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria of France whose lives were torn apart by The English Civil War of the mid 1640s There were six surviving children of the king and Queen and each of their lives is dramatic and full of intrigue and treachery befitting for this most turbulent of eras. Linda tells the story of Charles, Mary, James, Elizabeth, Henry and Henriette-Anne as if they were still living, breathing human beings and this is what makes this book so compelling and dramatic. Their lives involved exile, penury and imprisonment which is both interesting and deeply moving. The book ,as always with Linda Porter, is exhaustively researched and intelligently written. You cannot fail to be involved by all of the siblings as their lives unfold in many varied and ultimately tragic ways. There was ,of course, a happy ending with the Restoration of King Charles II to his English Kingdoms in 1660. but even this remarkable event and up-turn in fortune for the Royal House of Stuart, was marred when Mary and Henry both died from smallpox months after the restoration. Linda's story is narrated in cleverly arranged chapters and also examines their long exile in France in minute detail. This is a wonderful book which I thoroughly recommend for the committed historians and those looking afresh at the period for the first time. It is an explosive packed book and one I urge you to buy from Amazon. I loved every page and kept reading long into the long hours of darkness its that exciting I promise you.

  • By Ivan Barnes on 19 December 2016

    Excellent in 'depth' history of the politics behind the decision by Charles 1 and Parliament to go to war in 1640, and the festering mistrust in one another which resulted in Charles being put to death in 1649. Also the propensity of Queen Henrietta interfere in her husband's and children's affairs.A fascinating book about the English Civil War, well worth a read..

  • By mr m e lacey on 18 August 2017

    Very good. Efficient seller with goods as described

  • By Mediaevalogy on 14 January 2017

    Linda Porter has previously published three books about the Tudor dynasty. But as she notes, the Stuarts have attracted far less attention and do not inspire the same level of interest among the general public, for whatever reason. This is bewildering, given that this royal family endured its fair share of tragedies and triumphs, beheadings and battles. Perhaps Porter's book will be at least partly responsible for generating increased interest in the Stuart royal family.As Porter notes, Charles I's failure as a monarch, and his execution in January 1649, are generally well known, but the lives of his six surviving children by his indefatigable queen, Henrietta Maria, are less well known. Porter's research is admirable and her writing style is pacy. She explores, in depth, the lives of Charles (the future king), Mary, James, Elizabeth, Henry and Henriette Anne, utilising a range of contemporary sources and shedding light on their individual personalities. At points in the book, the sheer twists and turns, coupled with the multitude of characters and locations, can make it difficult to keep track of who was where and who was doing what. Ultimately, the members of the royal family went years without seeing one another and spent very little time together, given the situation in England, especially in the aftermath of Charles' deposition and death.After his father's execution, his eldest son Charles endured eleven years of exile before being restored to the English throne in 1660 at the age of thirty. Charles II emerges as a charismatic, sensual and good-natured man, the 'merry monarch' that had a keen understanding of his subjects gained from years in penniless exile, something his father conspicuously lacked. Of all his children, it could be argued that James, duke of York most closely resembled Charles I, and like his father, James was to lose his crown in 1688 following the birth of a Catholic heir. Unlike his father, however, James managed to escape abroad with his life. However, his son and grandson continued the struggle to gain the throne. Henry of Gloucester, third son of Charles I, was somewhat rebellious but endured his own fair share of tragedy and loss in his short life. He lived to witness his brother's triumph in 1660, but died shortly afterwards, to the grief of his family. Charles I's daughters - Mary, the Princess Royal; Elizabeth; and Henriette Anne - were quite different in character. The Princess Royal married William of Orange at a young age and endured a somewhat difficult, unstable life in the Netherlands. Her relationship with her mother-in-law was characterised by conflict and her husband's untimely death placed Mary in difficulties. She was renowned, however, for her lifelong support of her brother Charles, spending great sums of money on his bid to gain the throne. By contrast, Princess Elizabeth was gentle, pious and precocious. She was highly intelligent and a talented linguist. Elizabeth spent most of her life in exile with her younger brother Henry; her death on the Isle of Wight in 1650, aged fourteen, was a tragic loss, but testified to the hardships and uncertainty suffered by Charles' children that meant that a princess of England died alone in obscurity. Henriette Anne, the youngest child of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, was politically active, flirtatious and lively. She was her brother Charles' favourite and spent much of her life in the company of her mother, who brought her up as a Catholic. Henriette Anne made a seemingly splendid marriage to Philippe of Orleans, brother of Louis XIV of France, but the couple did not enjoy happiness with one another. Henriette Anne succumbed to tuberculosis, the illness that plagued her family, in 1670, and was deeply mourned by her brother.Linda Porter has written an engaging, intriguing and well-written account of the turbulent lives of Charles I's children, combining sound research with a highly readable writing style. Porter has established that the Stuarts are just as fascinating as the Tudors, and perhaps her book will go some way to redressing this balance.

  • By Henry H8 on 9 November 2016

    Don't get me wrong - I love reading about the Tudors. But how refreshing - a book about the Stuarts! This is a fantastic account of the lives of Charles, Mary, James, Elizabeth, Henry and Henrietta Stuart - the surviving children of Charles I and Henrietta Mariaa and what happened to them during and after the Civil War. Linda Porter paints a vivid picture of their lives and whilst much has been written about Charles II and James II, it is so interesting what happened to their siblings who are still very little known - particularly the tragic and short lived Elizabeth and Henry. I found the chapter on Henrietta Anne (Minnette) and her marriage to Louis XIV's difficult and eccentric brother very interesting. It is so good to see the Stuarts step out from the shadows of the (admittedly fascinating) Tudors. One quibble - there are a couple of errors about ages. For example - Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, lived from 1640 to 1660 but is described as having died at the age of 21. I'm being picky though. I loved the book!

  • By Alison Weir on 18 October 2016

    This is historical biography as it should be written - comprehensively researched, insightful and, above all, compellingly readable. Linda Porter is one of our foremost historians, and she also knows how to tell a rattlingly good story. In this vivid saga she brilliantly weaves together the lives of the often-unfortunate children of Charles I, showing how tragically the English Civil War impacted on them. Who says the Stuarts aren't as fascinating as the Tudors? Read this book and you'll find that they most certainly are. Highly recommemded.

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