A Royal Passion

A Royal Passion

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.

‘Bright, subtle and astute’
The Spectator

‘In her lively portrait of the ill-fated marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, Katie Whitaker has brought their tragedy and the English Civil War vividly to life’
David Starkey
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Royalty

On Sale: 12th August 2010

Price: £6.99

ISBN-13: 9780297860204

Reviews

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the personal was always political, and no more so than for England's kings and queens. In her lively portrait of the ill-fated marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, Katie Whitaker has brought their tragedy and the English Civil War vividly to life
Paints a memorable picture of a complex, all-too-human relationship in difficult times: a fine portrait of a marriage
Sunday Times
A solid, well-informed, atmospheric and sympathetic account
Sunday Telegraph
A keen eye for the small signs of love that make a happy family. And she uses the lens of the royal marriage to clarify with exceptional crispness the difficult story of the English Civil War ... bright, subtle, and astute
The Spectator