In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the personal was always political, and no more so than for England's kings and queens. In her lively portrait of the ill-fated marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, Katie Whitaker has brought their tragedy and the English Civil War vividly to life (DAVID STARKEY
paints a memorable picture of a complex, all-too-human relationship in difficult times: a fine portrait of a marriage. (SUNDAY TIMES - 15.08.10
a solid, well-informed, atmospheric and sympathetic account. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - 29.08.10
"a keen eye for the small signs of love that make a happy family. And she uses the lens of the royal marriage to clarify with exceptional crispness the difficult story of the English Civil War... bright, subtle, and astute." (DAN JONES THE SPECTATOR - 21.09.10
The passionate marriage of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria, one of the great overlooked love stories of history.