The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de LisleWINNER HISTORICAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION CROWN 2018
From the New York Times Bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the critically acclaimed story of Charles I, his warrior queen, Britains civil wars and the trial for his life.
Barely forty years after the Englands golden age under Elizabeth, the country was at war with itself, split between loyalty to the Crown and Parliament, with armies raised in Scotland and Ireland, and fighters arriving from Europe to wage war on English soil for the last time in Englands history. The English Civil War would set family against family, friend against friend, and its casualties were immense—a greater proportion of the population than in World War I. England had become a failed state.
At the head of the disintegrating kingdom was the figure of the king: Charles I. In this vivid portrait—newly informed by previously unseen manuscripts, including royal correspondence between the king and his queen, some of it written in code—Leanda de Lisle depicts a man who was not cruel enough for his cruel times. He would not persecute his opponents in the bloody style of his Tudor antecedents, or throw his servants to the wolves to save his own skin in the time-honored royal style. He was tutored by his father in the rights and obligations of kings, but had none of his fathers political subtlety and experience in survival. In a court of remarkable women he was happily married—but to a French Catholic princess, which caused consternation to his protestant subjects. Principled and high minded, he would pay a terrible price for the personal honor he so valued, and for having enemies more ruthless than he was. Nothing, however, would reflect on his character as much as the scene at his terrible death, speaking on the scaffold as a “martyr of the people.”
In his own destruction Charles did not sow the seeds of the monarchys destruction but its rebirth. Englands revolution lasted eleven unhappy years and the Crown was then restored, to national rejoicing. Today England enjoys rule by parliament and monarch while the Church of England has the bishops Charles was determined to preserve. More radical religious experimenters took their faith to the New World and the seeds of a republic, leaving England to mend its wounds and restore its fortunes and future as the worlds preeminent constitutional monarchy.
10 Facts About Charles Dickens
42 Decadent Facts About Charles I of England, The Doomed King
Charles I , king of England from to , was to witness and take part in the English civil war, or Puritan Revolution, which ultimately cost him his life. He did not become heir apparent to the English throne until the death of his elder brother, Henry, in Whether it was his early physical infirmities or the stress caused by the antipathy between his parents, the future king showed signs of personality disturbance in childhood. He did not speak as a young child and later always stuttered. He betrayed deep feelings of inadequacy both in his formal silences and in his overdependence on self-confident favorites. From very early life he lied. This was to be the King's ultimate weakness.
41. Regime Change
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Charles's popular older brother Henry, whom he adored, died in leaving Charles as heir, and in he became king., Mark, child, what I say: they will cut off my head, and perhaps make thee a king. The killed king in question was Charles I of England, and his life has been the subject of many studies and analyses.
Charles I was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from until his execution in Here are 10 interesting facts about one of the most controversial monarchs of England. When his elder brother Henry died at the age of 18 in , Charles became first in line of succession to the English, Irish and Scottish thrones. After the death of his father, Charles I became monarch of the three kingdoms on 27 March Charles was a weak and sickly child and his speech development was slow. With age he was able to overcome his physical infirmity and became an adept horseman, marksman and fencer.
His reign was marked by religious and political strife that led to civil war. The opposing force, led by Oliver Cromwell, defeated Charles's royalist forces and the king was beheaded in London, England, on January 30, Charles I was born in Fife, Scotland, on November 19, At the time of his baptism, Charles received the title of Duke of Albany. James ascended to the throne of England and Ireland following the death of Queen Elizabeth I in Charles was second in line to the throne after his older brother, Henry, until Henry's death from typhoid in