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Rebellion in the Reign of Charles II (Hardback)

P&S History > British History > Tudors & Stuarts P&S History > Social History

By Julian Whitehead
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 277
Illustrations: 17
ISBN: 9781473896789
Published: 12th June 2017



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Charles II’s father was executed, his brother James managed to stay on the throne for only four years, yet Charles died in his bed having ruled for a quarter of a century. Although welcomed back as king in 1660, the honeymoon of the Restoration soon passed with plots and uprisings to follow. Rebellion in the Reign of Charles II describes the sinister and murky world of espionage, plots and treason in the Restoration period, with former intelligence officer and security adviser Julian Whitehead telling the darker side of the Merry Monarch’s reign. Charles survived plots and rebellions with a mixture of guile, espionage, propaganda, covert operations and military oppression. Conspiracy and sedition are revealed in places as different as the glittering extravagance of the Court with its scheming mistresses and power hungry aristocrats to back street taverns frequented by rogues and rebels. Welcome to a world of spies, kidnap, assassination, censorship, false witness, and judicial murder.

Throughout this book you meet quite a various array of historical figures and each and everyone of them were brilliant and utterly fascinating. As a whole this book provided array of important information including political upheaval, various events and circumstances that had occurred throughout the reign of Charles II.

Overall, I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is interest in this period of history and the various historical figures that lived during this time period.

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Where There's Ink There's Paper, Lauren Gent

You could not make up the cast of characters in this superb book, which proves that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

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Hellbound - Steve Earles

Following on from his study into Cromwell's intelligence services (Cavalier & Roundhead Spies), Julian Whitehead provides an authoritative and highly readable account of the murky secret world of Charles II. Following in the wake of the English Civil War and the short-lived Commonwealth, Charles II reigned through turbulent times indeed. Welcome to a dangerous world of spies, mistresses, assassins and revolutionaries.

Amazon review byTerry Crowdy

Understanding the political situation at the end of the 17th century in Britain is vital to understanding its fledgling regular army and the constraints under which it operated. This book provides that detailed picture and sets the scene for the successes enjoyed by British armies in the 18th century.

The Armourer Incorporating Classic Arms & Militaria, November 2017

'Well researched, well written and very entertaining.'

Cotswold Life Magazine

Few historians are better placed than Julian Whitehead, former intelligence officer and security adviser, to tell the fascinating and dark tale of espionage, plots and rebellion in the reign of England's 'Merrie Monarch'. Impeccably researched and engagingly written, this book provides a compelling new perspective on the reign of Charles II. Highly recommended.

TJ Borman

About Julian Whitehead

Julian Whitehead read History at Oxford after which he joined the Intelligence Corps and spent a full career in military intelligence; his appointments have included Chief of Staff of the Defence Intelligence Centre and Deputy Director of Defence Security. After leaving the army he spent ten years as Security Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces and is now retired and lives in Oxfordshire. Pen and Sword have publish his previous books Cavalier and Roundhead Spies in 2009, Rebellion in the Reign of Charles II in 2017, Cromwell and his Women in 2018 and Espionage in the Divided Stuart Dynasty 1685-1715 in 2020

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