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Charles II and his Escape into Exile (Hardback)

Capture the King

British History P&S History Social History Tudors & Stuarts 17th Century

By Martyn R Beardsley
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 164
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526725721
Published: 6th December 2019


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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.

Listed in the ‘Reading Corner’

BRITAIN, April 2020

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.

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Midwest Book Review

Article: 'King's escape is brought to book' as featured by

The 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 by

Express & 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

About Martyn R Beardsley

History is Martyn Beardsley's big passion, and he has written books featuring a variety of subjects and periods. He writes for children as well as adults, and got the idea for The Gunpowder Plot Deceit when researching a children's timeslip novel in which the main character goes back to the same period. His other non-fiction works include a biography of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (Deadly Winter), and an account of Britain's last fatal duel (A Matter of Honour). He also contributes to the children's educational magazine Aquila.

He is a full-time writer and editor, but tries to find time to indulge in a range of interests. He is a big sports fan, particularly football, enjoys cooking and makes a mean risotto, has an eclectic taste in music but especially folk and Celtic. He is a Buddhist and practitioner of Tai Chi. He was born in Nottingham, where he still lives with a half-deaf and fully mad dog called Max.

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