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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Informative, 1 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The King's Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed reading this book but I felt the title was a little misleading. A large part of the story is taken up with the events leading up to the civil war, the republican period and the Restoration - almost the first half of the book if I remember right, rather than the tracking down of regicides. I think this is because there perhaps isn't actually all that much detailed information available on the actual manhunts themselves. There are times when this reads like a thriller as other reviewers have said, but much of the time it is a standard history book. But it is a good, readable history book, not at all dry or stuffy, and although I was slightly disappointed with the 'manhunt' aspect I'd still recommend it. I've knocked one star off because few books are that special and this is good but not that good, and another because it wasn't quite the thrilling subject matter I was hoping for.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2013 09:27:56 GMT
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Have to agree with the caveat regarding the title - a case of "sexing up" an interesting but rather "thin" tale, perhaps. The first half is a little more relevant than Martynrb indicates, in that it is largely focussed on the trial of Charles I, but he is correct in his assertion that the actual manhunt itself does not have much depth in terms of information. It is indeed a good readable story, which does highlight the hypocrisy of the 1658-1660 period, but the number of regicides sought and caught (many of them being inconveniently dead) is quite small. More of a footnote in history than the title makes out, perhaps.
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