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Royal Renegades

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  17 reviews

The fact that the English Civil War led to the execution of King Charles I in January 1649 is well known, as is the restoration of his eldest son as Charles II eleven years later. But what happened to the king's six surviving children is far less familiar.

Casting new light on the heirs of the doomed king and his unpopular but indefatigable Catholic queen, Henrietta Maria,

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Macmillan
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With the majority of English monarchial history focusing on the Tudor dynasty; one can tend to forget about the incredible state of affairs experienced by the Stuarts. A beheaded king, an exiled prince/future king, Oliver Cromwell, and the English Civil Wars: there was suspense! Intrigue! Romance! Understandably, King Charles II is often times the key figure who receives prime attention; but he did have siblings. Historian Linda Porter focuses her most recent text on the offspring of King ...more
Carolyn Harris
The adventures of the children of Charles I and Henrietta Maria during the English Civil Wars. While the two eldest sons, Charles II and James II are the subjects of numerous biographies, the youngest son, Henry, Duke of Gloucester and the daughters, Mary, Elizabeth, Anne and Henrietta Anne are little known today. The chapters concerning Mary and Henrietta Anne were especially interesting as these princesses represented Stuart interests abroad through their marriages in the Netherlands and ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading this book I find it difficult to understand why the Tudors always outshine the Stuarts. Is it the complexity of the Civil War?

Linda Porter does an admirable job of bringing the six surviving children of Charles 1 and Henrietta Maria centre stage as the children of wealth and privilege are torn apart by the war and the ensuing politics of the courts of western Europe. Very easy to read and puts the war and Restoration in a wider context. I would recommend this book to anyone who is
Kay Wahrsager
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Mediocre account of the children of Charles I. Minette in particular was quite fascinating but she gets short shrift as there are long, muddled chapters about the Civil War and parliamentary politics. Either write biography of his children or a history of the Civil War. Interspersing the two makes for a disjointed book.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
For the first time in a long time, I read a history book for fun, and not as background for something else. It was good, and fun, to climb back on that horse. I grabbed this from a display at my local library, because who doesn't love good measure of royal gossip, however dated? As I was reading, I realized that my knowledge of the history of England gets hazy between James I and the Regency; for anyone else in a similar situation this is a decent place to begin to remedy that gap. (If the name ...more
I enjoyed reading this but I didn't feel it was as good as it could have been. Telling the story of Charles I's children during the English Civil Wars is a potentially fascinating subject but I felt the author got bogged down in giving an overview of the Civil Wars and lost the focus on the children. This meant the book was unsatisfactory as the story of the Stuart royal children and too scanty on the history of the Civil Wars. There was still lots of interest to be found here but I would rather ...more
Sophie Constable
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This book is very good for someone wanting to know about the children of Charles I and the impact that the Civil Wars had on them. It is full of information and is clearly well researched. I felt like it focused on Charles I and his wife, Henrietta Maria, a lot more in the first half especially during the Civil Wars and their children were rather overlooked. However I did learn a lot about a subject that I hadn't known much about before. I think it`s a good read for anyone interested in History ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linda Porter brings the Stuarts and their intrigues to life. The contrast between the family life that Henrietta Maria and Charles I created for their children and the chaos they wought on the land could not be more marked.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very readable account of the quite sad lives of these children against the background of Charles 1 and the English Civil War.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish there had been more in this book and the reign of Charles II and his brother James II than a mere synopsis but what subject matter it covered in-depth was great!
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at the Royal Academy on one of my seven visits to the Charles 1st Collector exhibition. As you might imagine I loved the Exhibition, and the whole idea of getting 140 of the 2000 artworks that the Royal family once owned together under one roof, shown together for the first time since the 1651 Commonwealth sale, but I also wanted to know more about what happened to all those children. Despite a rocky start to their marriage Henrietta Maria and King Charles 1 grew to love ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Read this one in the public library. This is why Tudor experts should not take on Stuart topics. Porter simply repeats a lot of bunkim about both the war and the king and queen. Porter doesn't have much time or patience for her subjects and the whole thing feels a little scanty on recent historiography. Don't bother.
Helen Carolan
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
An o.k read.Bit disappointing as there wasn't as much written about Charles's 1st's children as i would have liked. Ms Porter spent most of her book discussing the civil war. Not the best piece of history I've read.
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Fascinating part of English history, even though the Tudor dynasty gets a lot more attention. The Stuart dynasty, for the most part, did not have the strength of character that the Tudors seemed to have, but the 17th century in England and Scotland was a time of upheaval -- political, religious, governmental. There were three distinct civil wars mid-century. The children of Charles I included two monarchs (Charles II and James II), and they lived in the toughest of times, exiled and pursued. All ...more
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Linda Porter was born in Exeter, Devon in 1947. Her family have long-standing connections to the West Country, but moved to the London area when she was a small child. She was educated at Walthamstow Hall School in Sevenoaks and at the University of York, from which she has