The King's Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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Jordan and Walsh provide a thoroughly entertaining account of these extraordinary events . . . a vivid and consuming piece of historical narrative (Andrew Holgate Sunday Times)
A fast-paced, lively work (BBC History Magazine)
In this beautifully detailed and seamlessly written book Jordan and Walsh shine a new light on Charles II . . . their energetic and masterful account makes for a Restoration romp worth reading (Sunday Express)
This is a terrific read (Spectator)
An absorbing history packed with more plotting than an episode of The Borgias. (Booklist)
A blistering narrative of one of the most exciting periods in British history that will appeal to readers of historical fiction and non-fiction alike.See all Product Description
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This interesting and well written read begins with the capture of Charles I, his trial and execution. It is fair to say that even while the country was in the throes of Civil War and rebellion, many of those called to take part in the trial had decided that it was unwise to be involved and either refused to participate or made excuses why they could not attend. They were the lucky ones. For those either involved out of choice, or forced to participate, the manhunt which followed was relentless. While Cromwell was still in power he faced plots, dissent and hastily arranged assassination attempts. These included one in which an assassin had organised a fast horse for a quick getaway, only to find himself beckoned over by Cromwell, who was impressed by his mount. Too stunned to shoot, the nonplussed assassin made polite conversation, his nerves broken down by the encounter.
When Cromwell died in 1658, fifteen of the sixty nine judges responsible for the fate of Charles I were already dead.Read more ›
The angle from those who went to North America was interesting and I enjoyed that aspect of it.
They portray Charles as wild,vengeful, lazy and autocratic which is a vast over simplification - see the much better book 'A Gambling Man' for a more measured picture of his talents and abilities.
Their sources seem to very old fashioned - they even quote Edmund Burke as an 'historian'.
They treat General Monck with no synmpathy never taking seriously the most obvious reasond for his actions: he knew that the people wanted a King again and that the stability of the country could only be secured by bringing Charles back.
They never deal with
a) the utter intolerance of the Cromwellian reign: 'tolerance' excluded Anglicans and Catholics who were after all the majority of the population
b) the reality of what Cromwell had done in killing the King against the wishes of the vast majority of the people
c) the very real threat that the Puritans and their allies continued to be to the stability of the constitution: they would have done the same to Charles as they had done to his father if they had the chance
Its all a bit breathless in style
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm reading this now and It's absolutely great - most exciting.Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Rabet
interesting read, but authors rather one sided in their approach. They were definitely rooting for cromwellians.Published 8 months ago by cb
It's shameful how this book portrays Charles and even more of a shame that people believe this! It paints him as a vengeful King. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Violet Rain