The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle

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 queen, Britain's civil wars and the trial for his life.Barely forty years after the England's golden age under Elizabeth, the country was at war with itself, split between lo...

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The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr Reviews

  • hpboy13
    The White King accomplishes much of what makes de Lisle a great historical writer: the historical figures come alive as characters under her pen, and the history is meticulously researched and presented in a wealth of detail.Unfortunately, that last point is also what drags the book down. The suprem...
  • Andrea Zuvich
    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 qualities? Or would it be more gushing like a hagiography? Out of all the biographies of King Charles that I had read, the only one ...
  • Orsolya
    The reign of King Charles I in the sixteenth-century England is nothing less than a tragedy ridden with civil war, the dissolution of the monarchy, the ‘reign’ of Oliver Cromwell, and eventual regicide. What went wrong during this dramatic time? Was Charles a victim or antagonist? Leanda D...
  • Eddie Clarke
    Hmmm - as someone who doesn’t know the history I was hoping for a lucid analysis of the causes of the English Civil War. This book does not deliver that, but does argue that the Puritans in Parliament were spoiling for a fight and Charles’ room for manoeuvre was limited. The author hits he...
  • Adrienne Dillard
    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 instinctua...
  • Samantha Morris
    I clearly remember when I was studying my A-Levels, sitting in my history lesson and learning about Charles I and the Divine Right of Kings. I remember studying the causes of the English Civil War and thinking "this has to be the most boring part of English history I have ever had the misfortune of ...
  • Malcolm
    Much of this book is densely packed with historical facts. This can detract from its narrative quality, especially for a general reader (such as myself!) without any detailed historical knowledge of the period it covers. Nevertheless, persistence pays off. An in depth picture eventually emerges of C...
  • Ross
    Before this book all I knew about Charles Ist was from a history of England that he was a tyrant and murderer and Oliver Cromwell together with Parliament had his head chopped off. From this quite large and detailed book I learned that he was not a tyrant beyond what the average king of England rule...
  • Charles
    As with Nicholas II, the last ruling Romanov, how we view Charles I is largely set by how his days ended. And as with Nicholas, we have been further conditioned by generations of propaganda pumped out by the winners and their ideological allies, claiming that it was Charles’s own bad philosophy...

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