A Royal Passion

A Royal Passion : The Turbulent Marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

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From quarrels, passion, treason to execution, discover one of the great overlooked love stories of history.King Charles I was a Protestant. Henrietta Maria, a 15-year-old French princess, was a Catholic. Arranged for political gain, their marriage was a dangerous experiment, yet against the odds they fell in love. However Henrietta's Catholicism fuelled rumours of improper influence over a supposedly helpless king. Unable to trust his Parliament, Charles's fear for the queen's safety plummeted the country into civil war and forced her to flee abroad, never to see her husband again. They kept up a poignant correspondence but in 1649, the king was condemned as a traitor and publicly executed, thus ending an extraordinary partnership that influenced the course of history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports. (chiefly col.)
  • 0753828030
  • 9780753828038
  • 755,531

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Whitaker's engaging style and the fast-paced narrative make for a highly entertaining read. Drawing upon a wealth of contemporary sources, the author creates a vivid, finely drawn portrait of her two protagonists and their court. -- Tracy Borman * BBC HISTORY * A well-reserached and well-written account that brings history to vivid life. * DAILY EXPRESS * Whitaker makes the story fresh ... she has a wealth of material in the couple's letters to each other and uses it to dramatic effect * SUNDAY TIMES *show more

About Katie Whitaker

Katie Whitaker is the author of MAD MADGE, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. She did a PhD in the history of science at Cambridge University, where she was awarded the THIRLWALL PRIZE AND MEDAL. She has also been a Century Fellow at the University of Chicago.show more

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Whitaker makes the story fresh ... she has a wealth of material in the couple's letters to each other and uses it to dramatic effect SUNDAY TIMESshow more

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