CHARLES, THE KING by Evelyn Anthony


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This is the story of a glorious failure."" ....and the author who is able in making history read like fiction defends Charles I and his belief in absolute monarchism, his integrity and his intent, and she presents a marriage, off to a bad start, which held to its romantic qualities for twenty years. From under his father's shadow Charles kept his faith in the dead king's favorite, Buckingham; he displayed his patience and his determination with the young Princess Henrietta Maria when she became his bride; he was loyal -- and permanently scarred when he could not show that loyalty -- to Laud and Strafford; he would never give in to Cromwell; he never gave up his dedication to the hereditary rights of kingship; he died with a courage and faith that still has a power to move. For those who prefer history in a serious -- rather than a pandering popular -- vein this is solid, satisfying.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday