Charles II and his Escape into Exile (Hardback)
Capture the King
Returning to England to try to reclaim his throne, King Charles II was defeated at the Battle of Worcester – but the battle to save his own life had only just begun. Pursued wherever he went by soldiers from the conflict as well as local militia, Charles donned peasant clothing, crudely cut his hair and tried to adopt a rustic accent. With the secret help of a succession of loyal citizens, he walked till his feet were shredded, waded rivers, coolly mixed with anti-royalists and enemy troopers – and, of course, hid in an oak tree. Never sure of who could be trusted, it was touch and go all the way to the coast and, hopefully, a boat that would take him to freedom.
Written with all the narrative storytelling skill of a novelist, this meticulously detailed and informative history is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of two Appendices (Lord Henry Wilmot/The Penderels and Petitioners to the King), and a three page Bibliography. Certain to be an enduringly valued contribution to 17th Century English History, "Charles II and his Escape into Exile: Capture the King" is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community, college, and university library Historical Royal British Biographies collections.Midwest Book Review
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Article: 'King's escape is brought to book' as featured byThe Chronicle (Wolverhampton) & Bridgnorth Journal, 30th January 2020 – words by Toby Neal
Article: Story of king’s daring escape and role of ‘royal oak’ told in new book as featured byExpress & Star (online & print) and Shropshire Star (print) - words by Toby Neal
A really interesting and well researched book . There are a lot of places mentioned that I have visited previously so that made it more relatable to me too.NetGalley, Ann Jones