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Charles the First (1600-1649)

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Charles I in 1646: Letters of King Charles the First to Queen Henrietta Maria.
by John Bruce (Editor)
Publisher: AMS Press; (October 1984)

Charles I: The Personal Monarch
by Charles Carlton
Book Description:
Challenging conventional interpretations of the king, and orthodox historical assumptions concerning the origins and development of the Civil Wars, the book quickly established itself as the definitive biography.
Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition (December )

A Coffin for King Charles
by C. V. Wedgwood
A highly praised account of the trial and execution of King Charles I.
Publisher: Trafalgar Square; (October 1, )

English Puritanism, 1603-1689 (Social History in Perspective)
by John Spurr
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The Last Days of Charles I
by Graham Edwards
Book Description: In January 1649, the "tyrant, traitor, and murderer, Charles Stuart" was tried by a High Court of Justice at Westminster. He was found guilty of having levied war against his kingdom and the Parliament, condemned to death and executed on the scaffold at Whitehall on 30 January.

'O Horrable Murder': The Trial, Execution And Burial Of Charles I
by Robert B. Partridge
Book Description: 'Almost three hundred and fifty years ago on a cold January afternoon, Charles Stuart, King of England, Scotland, Ireland and France stepped through a window of the Banqueting House in Whitehall onto a scaffold erected in the street. In front of a silent crowd, he was executed by the severing of his head from his body'. This is the fascinating story of the last days of Charles I, reconstructed in vivid detail. The author has not only examined contemporary accounts. He also discusses medical evidence from the king's body, unearthed when nineteenth century workmen accidentally broke through the unmarked vault in St George's Chapel, Windsor, where the monarch was buried. Written by a leading member of the world's largest historical reenactment society, 'The Sealed Knot', this is a book which will appeal to anyone interested in the most troubled time in English history.
Paperback: 180 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 9.00 x 6.86
Publisher: Rubicon Press; 1 edition (December 1, )
ISBN: 0948695579

King Charles I
by Pauline Gregg.
Book Description: "A fine obviously the fruit of devoted labour...there is everything to enjoy in it."--The New York Times. A sympathetic biography of the man who was right at the heart of all the struggles in the 17th century--and a thoroughly researched history that reads like the thriller it is. Written in a bold and evocative style, this engrossing volume weaves an extraordinary story of a sickly child who became a king, and lived surrounded by rumor and intrigue and notorious friendships. The infamous tragedy unfolds with such sparkling insights and poignancy you'll feel as if you were right there when the axe fell upon this unfortunate king. 16 pages of b/w illus.
Paperback: 512 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.61 x 9.17 x 6.18
Publisher: Phoenix Press, London WC2; (April )
ISBN: 1842121995

The Personal Rule of Charles I
by Kevin Sharpe
Book Description: After Charles I`s succession to the British throne in 1625, he transformed the political landscape of Britain, dissolved parliament, and began a period of eleven years of personal rule. This huge and authoritative analysis of Charles I`s personal rule yields rich new insights into his character, his reign, politics and religion, foreign policy and finance, the importance of parliaments, and the process of government without them. In doing so, the book presents a critical new perspective on the origins of the English Civil War.
Paperback: 983 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.17 x 9.15 x 5.96
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr;
ISBN: 0300065965

An Uncounselled King
by Peter Donald
Book Deacription An Uncounselled King gives an arresting, scholarly account of Charles I's handling of the early Covenanting troubles in Scotland during the period 1637-41. Its primary focus is on the King and those who attempted to advise him, very often to their own frustration. The role of Charles I in causing and affecting the course of these troubles in Scotland has never before received detailed, systematic attention. Dr. Donald brings a range of new sources to bear on his account of the period, and also sheds new light on aspects of Covenanting history. Inasmuch as Charles I was king of Scotland, England and Ireland, this study is grounded firmly in its British context.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; (February 1991)

Henrietta Maria
by Alison Plowden
Book Description: This biography of Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV and Marie de Medici, is the first full study for over 20 years.
Publisher: Sutton Publishing; (May 1, )

Henrietta Maria: Charles I's Indomitable Queen
by Alison Plowden

Image of the King: Charles I and Charles II
by Richard Ollard
Book Description: "Remarkably and immensely readable...A just yet compassionate study of two complex, muddled, fissured human beings caught in the most difficult of crafts--kingship...It should not be missed by anyone interested in the Stuarts or in the personalities of Charles I and Charles II: indeed, any reader will be greatly stimulated by it."--J.H. Plumb, New York Review of Books. Two kings, father and son...and yet, their personalities could hardly have differed more. Through sources as varied as masks, statues, poems, medals, and contemporary written records, a picture of these Stuart monarchs, their characters and their politics, emerges.
Publisher: Phoenix Press, London WC2; (April )

Lord Minimus: The Extraordinary Life of Britain's Smallest Man
by Nick Page
Book Description: At the climax of the feast, a large pie is set down before the Queen, who is given a knife and invited to cut into the pastry. Before she can do so, however, the crust begins to crack and rise of its own accord. From out of the pie emerges a tiny man-perfectly proportioned and dressed in a suit of miniature armor. He climbs onto the table in front of the Queen, bows low, and asks to be taken into her service.

The little man's name is Jeffrey Hudson. He is seven years old and stands only eighteen inches tall. Lord Minimus is the first complete biography of Hudson. Drawn from original, contemporary sources, Nick Page weaves a tale that is not only a thrilling biography, but also a fascinating insight into the seventeenth century.

For a man of such diminutive stature, Hudson lived life on a grand scale. 'The smallest man in England' ventured forth from a humble rural background to set course on an episodic roller coaster that led him to the edges of the known world. From the lowest strata he rose to the courts of Kings and Queens. Van Dyck painted his portrait and he performed in one of Ben Jonson's famous masques. Sir Walter Scott wrote of Hudson's exploits in the English civil war. The pocket-sized companion of the Queen also killed a man in a duel, was captured by pirates, and spent years in slavery. Ultimately, he died alone and forgotten, abandoned by an indifferent society that had long ago moved on to the next object of fashion.

The story of Jeffrey Hudson is most notably a story of hope and dignity, of how one man refused to accept his physical limitations, even though it was to cost him everything.
Hardcover: 261 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.96 x 7.59 x 5.07
Publisher: St. Martin's Press;
ISBN: 0312291612

Mad Madge: The Extraordinary Life of Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle, the First Woman to Live by Her Pen
by Katie Whitaker
Book Description: The engrossing life story of Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle--the seventeenth-century Englishwoman who was famous, and infamous, for daring to pursue a career as a published writer.

For a seventeenth-century Englishwoman, Margaret (Lucas) Cavendish did the unprecedented --she published her writing. Her extraordinary life unfolded during the English Civil Wars, when she was exiled to Paris and Antwerp as a Royalist seeking refuge from Cromwell's England, and later as mistress of her husband's estate in Newcastle after the restoration of the monarchy. In exile, she began to write and publish her poetry and essays, influenced by a Royalist cultural world that included Hobbes and Descartes. Despite the scandal her writing life caused, she eventually brought out thirteen books, ranging from Poems and Fancies, the first book of poetry published by a woman under her own name, to Blazing World, the first science fiction by a woman.

A lively biography and a window on the tumultuous cultural life of the seventeenth century, Mad Madge reveals there may well have been a "Judith Shakespeare" centuries before Virginia Woolf exhorted women to find "a room of one's own." Katie Whitaker draws on the extensive collection of Margaret's letters and legal papers to draw a vibrant and complete picture of the pioneering "Mad Madge."
Hardcover: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.32 x 9.70 x 6.54
Publisher: Basic Books;
ISBN: 046509161X

The Regicides and the Execution of Charles I
by Jason Peacey (Editor)
Hardcover: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 8.86 x 5.82
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; (November )
ISBN: 0333802594
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