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DOWNLOAD ☆ The White King Charles I Traitor Murderer Martyr WINNER HISTORICAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION NON FICTION CROWN 2018From the New York Times Bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the critically acclaimed story of Charles I his warrior ueen Britain's civil wars and the trial for his lifeBarely forty years after the England's 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 England's 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 stateAt the head of the disintegrating ki. As a Tudor historian it is nearly impossible to review works set during the time period without seeing the content through the jaundiced lens of your own biases More often than not there is room for multiple interpretations of the documented evidence but it can be hard to overcome the instinctual gut reaction humans experience when faced with an opinion that differs from one they wholeheartedly embrace about historical figures they have come to cherish That uncomfortableness is invaluable when we seek academic growth but it makes reading for pleasure a challenge Thankfully I had few preconceived notions about England s first Caroline king and when I was offered the opportunity to review the latest take on his life I leapt at the chance Few things can compare to the joy I feel when introduced to a new historical subject and this beautifully crafted biography did not disappointThe subtitle of Leanda De Lisle s The White King calls the monarch a traitor murderer and martyr but upon completion of the book I have come away with the impression that the only fitting descriptor used is martyr The other titles seem far too subjective for this oft misunderstood kingThough Charles reign came many years after the death of the ginger haired tyrant at the head of the Tudor court the spectre of Henry VIII looms large throughout this biography His reign and personality are held against those of Charles I to show how vastly different they were and just how much the world had changed in the intervening years The charges of tyranny lodged against the latter monarch pale in comparison to the actual tyranny perpetrated by Henry VIII and his children yet none of their reigns ended with the humiliation of the scaffold as Charles did Even striking are the parallels De Lisle makes with our current political climate where populism meets religious justifications for violence and the rise of demagogues who whip up mobs by feeding off ethnic and religious hatreds De Lisle brings the figures surrounding Charles I to life with the strident confidence that accompanies the historian who fully understand their subject All of their graces and foibles are fully explored their ever changing allegiances reported without a hint of sentimentality If their motivations are not revealed in the primary sources they are left unexplained here preserving the jarring atmosphere Charles must have felt during his reign Even the most historically savvy reader is never uite certain where loyalties lie or how often the tides will turn In the hands of a less experienced historian these twists would be rendered into a confusing mess but De Lisle deftly navigates the murky waters with expert precisionMy favorite part of The White King was the focus on Robert and Henry Rich and their cousin Lady Lucy Carlisle Having spent the better part of the last decade researching Catherine Carey Lady Knollys it was refreshing to see the role her descendants played during this tumultuous time in English history The fealty they showed their monarch was far from the devotional loyalty Lady Knollys was known for in her lifetime but the Puritan proclivities of their great grandfather Francis remained un diluted I often found myself wondering what their grandmother Lettice would have thought of their intrigues Lady Carlisle appears the most like her ancestor Like Lettice she even bore an uncanny resemblance to the ueen she servedI thoroughly enjoyed De Lisle s inclusion of the correspondence between the king and his wife Henrietta Maria recently unearthed from the Belvoir archives Through their words the unjust depictions of the ueen fall apart at the seams and Henrietta Maria is finally given the recognition she deserves The emphasis on Charles family life is most touching here The love and devotion they showed to him speaks volumes about his characterA well written and impeccably researched biography The White King seeks not to revise the history of England s Civil Wars but uncover the truth hidden beneath the grime of centuries of propaganda and myth

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DOWNLOAD ☆ The White King Charles I Traitor Murderer Martyr Price for the personal honor he so valued and for having enemies 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 monarchy's destruction but its rebirth England's 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 world's preeminent constitutional monarc. Charles I who ruled Britain from 1625 until his execution on 30 January 1649 at the end of the Civil War has generally been portrayed as a martyr monster or moron The civil war he waged against his enemies in Parliament resulted in catastrophic bloodshed arguably in terms of percentage of the population than the First World War For this Charles earned the damning nickname the Man of Blood Even for those inclined to see idiocy rather than malice Charles was a weak king whose misrule resulted in 11 years of republican rule until the monarchy returned under his pragmatic son Charles IIHowever to the royalist faithful Charles I was a saintly victim of his opponents deranged fire breathing evangelical fundamentalists who drove two of the king s advisers up the steps of the scaffold humiliated the Crown beyond the point of endurance tipped the nation into war and then organised Charles s execution even when the majority of the population was opposed to it Leanda de Lisle s superb new biography of Charles I is sympathetic than critical There is no monster here only a little bit of the moron and plenty of martyrdomOpening with the legend that snow fell to cover Charles s coffin on the day of his funeral De Lisle moves backwards to present a surprisingly sympathetic characterHis determined struggle against his childhood disabilities which included a speech impediment and physical weaknesses is moving and even inspirational as are De Lisle s accounts of his diligence his chivalry and his dignity as his regime unravelled De Lisle excels at providing memorable descriptions of those who knew Charles His flamboyantly incompetent confidant the Duke of Buckingham was described by one contemporary as the best looking and best built man in the world and he had almost certainly been the lover of Charles s late father King James I who commissioned the King James translation of the Bible although how much Charles knew about the extent of their intimacy is debatableCharles s own sexuality was avowedly heterosexual and it is his wife French princess Henrietta Maria who emerges from White King as one of its true heroes She was demonised by anti monarchists in the 1600s as a meddling extravagant foreign shrew but De Lisle uses letters which she uncovered in the archives of the current Duke and Duchess of Rutland to show Charles s ueen as an elegant and heroically loyal woman When she was forced to leave her husband to support the royalist cause in exile De Lisle uotes a moving eyewitness account describing the ueen as the most woeful spectacle my eyes ever yet beheldWhite King is an impeccably researched and thought provoking biography which reads as well as a fine novel Charles I emerges from its pages as courageous resilient and increasingly hard nosed personally heroic but still ultimately a political failure It also revives one of this country s greatest stories a blinkered king a warrior ueen a war that turned brother against brother and scandals caused by money sex espionage and power woven together in the life of this extraordinary but flawed king

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DOWNLOAD ☆ The White King Charles I Traitor Murderer Martyr Ngdom 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 ueen 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 father's 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. As I began the book I was a little sceptical was this going to be yet another biography of King Charles I slamming him for his faults and never mentioning his ualities Or would it be gushing like a hagiography Out of all the biographies of King Charles that I had read the only one I thought well balanced was the short biography by the late Mark Kishlansky I wondered what de Lisle would bring to the sovereign s story that hadn t already been told many timesBy the end of the first chapter however all my doubts had vanished By the middle of the book I had learned interesting facts I hadn t known before By the end of the book I was sure that this was one of the best books on Charles I yet writtenDe Lisle certainly does know how to write strong compelling narratives I think her research is impeccable and her access to and use of private letters from the closed archives at Belvoir Castle for example brought a fresh perspective to a story I and many others know well Her best and vital talent is perhaps her commendable ability to see the whole picture the shades of grey and not once did I find her narrative biased one way or another De Lisle s beautiful writing embraces nuance not the categorical she also does not fill her narrative with irritating twenty first century judgements of the seventeenth centuryFor the full review please visit


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