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The king's revenge : Charles II and the greatest manhunt in British history /
Don Jordan and Michael Walsh.
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London : Little, Brown, 2012.
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383 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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1408703270, 9781408703274
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London : Little, Brown, 2012.
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1408703270
9781408703274
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8590331
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'We shall...pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder.'So vowed nineteen-year-old King Charles II of the men who beheaded his father, Charles I, in 1649. Within three weeks of the King's death, his son launched the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, spreading out across Europe and America and lasting for over thirty years. When he ascended to the throne in 1660 as Charles II, the young monarch's search for revenge intensified, with show trials in London and assassination squads and kidnap gangs scouring foreign countries. His revenge encompassed not just the fifty-nine men who signed his father's death warrant but many others who supported them. Dozens of the most senior figures in England ended up being hung, drawn and quartered, imprisoned for life, or in a self-imposed exile, in constant fear of the assassin's bullet.History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were remarkable men, including John Milton, poetic genius and political propagandist, and Oliver Cromwell's steely and uncompromising son-in-law, Henry Ireton. Cromwell himself was subjected to the most bizarre symbolic revenge when -- though long-dead -- his body was disinterred and beheaded.Some prominent opponents of Charles I became turn-coats, ending up as favourites of Charles II's hedonistic court. George Downing was a spymaster for Cromwell who eagerly tracked down and kidnapped former comrades and sent them to the scaffold. General George Monck fought tirelessly for parliament and republic and then betrayed both in an astonishing a series of deceptions, bringing Charles II to the throne and putting old friends on trial for their lives. He earned a Dukedom for his betrayals.Set in an age of intrigue and espionage, The King's Revenge vividly brings these remarkable figures and this astonishing story to life in an engrossing, bloody tale of espionage, double-agents, fear and ambition.
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'We shall...pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder.'So vowed the nineteen-year-old Prince of Wales, following the beheading of his father Charles I in January 1649. From exile, he instigated what became the biggest manhunt the nation had ever seen, spreading out across Europe and America and lasting for over thirty years. When he ascended to the throne in 1660 as Charles II, his search for revenge intensified, with show trials in London and assassination squads scouring foreign countries. He not only sought vengeance against the fifty-nine men who signed his father's death warrant but many others who supported them. Many of the most senior figures in England were hanged, drawn and quartered; imprisoned for life; or consigned to a self-imposed exile, in constant fear of the assassin's bullet. History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were exceptional men, including John Milton, poetic genius and political propagandist; Oliver Cromwell's steely son-in-law, Henry Ireton; and the errant son of an earl, Algernon Sidney, whose writings helped inspire the founders of the American Revolution. Cromwell himself was subjected to the most bizarre symbolic revenge when - though long-dead - his body was disinterred and beheaded. Set in an age of intrigue and espionage, The King's Revenge brings these remarkable figures vividly to life in an engrossing tale of espionage, double agents, ambition and betrayal.
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'We shall...pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder.'So vowed the nineteen-year-old Prince of Wales. Within three weeks of the beheading of his father Charles I, he launched the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, spreading out across Europe and America and lasting for over thirty years. When he ascended to the throne in 1660 as Charles II, his search for revenge intensified, with show trials in London and assassination squads scouring foreign countries. He not only sought vengeance against the fifty-nine men who signed his father's death warrant but many others who supported them. Dozens of the most senior figures in England were hanged, drawn and quartered; imprisoned for life; or in a self-imposed exile, in constant fear of the assassin's bullet. History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were exceptional men, including John Milton, poetic genius and political propagandist; Oliver Cromwell's steely son-in-law, Henry Ireton; and the errant son of an earl, Algernon Sidney, whose writings helped inspire the founders of the American Revolution. Cromwell himself was subjected to the most bizarre symbolic revenge when - though long-dead - his body was disinterred and beheaded. Set in an age of intrigue and espionage, The King's Revenge vividly brings these remarkable figures and this astonishing story to life in an engrossing, bloody tale of espionage, double agents, fear and ambition.
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'We shall...pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder.'So vowed the nineteen-year-old Prince of Wales. Within three weeks of the beheading of his father Charles I, he launched the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, spreading out across Europe and America and lasting for over thirty years. When he ascended to the throne in 1660 as Charles II, his search for revenge intensified, with show trials in London and assassination squads scouring foreign countries. He not only sought vengeance against the fifty-nine men who signed his father's death warrant but many others who supported them. Dozens of the most senior figures in England were hanged, drawn and quartered; imprisoned for life; or in a self-imposed exile, in constant fear of the assassin's bullet.History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were exceptional men, including John Milton, poetic genius and political propagandist; Oliver Cromwell's steely son-in-law, Henry Ireton; and the errant son of an earl, Algernon Sidney, whose writings helped inspire the founders of the American Revolution. Cromwell himself was subjected to the most bizarre symbolic revenge when - though long-dead - his body was disinterred and beheaded.Set in an age of intrigue and espionage, The King's Revenge vividly brings these remarkable figures and this astonishing story to life in an engrossing, bloody tale of espionage, double agents, fear and ambition.
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'We shall...pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder.'So vowed the nineteen-year-old Prince of Wales. Within three weeks of the beheading of his father Charles I, he launched the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, spreading out across Europe and America and lasting for over thirty years. When he ascended to the throne in 1660 as Charles II, his search for revenge intensified, with show trials in London and assassination squads scouring foreign countries. He not only sought vengeance against the fifty-nine men who signed his father's death warrant but many others who supported them. Dozens of the most senior figures in England were hung, drawn and quartered; imprisoned for life; or in a self-imposed exile, in constant fear of the assassin's bullet.History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were remarkable men, including John Milton, poetic genius and political propagandist, and Oliver Cromwell's steely and uncompromising son-in-law, Henry Ireton. Cromwell himself was subjected to the most bizarre symbolic revenge when -- though long-dead -- his body was disinterred and beheaded.Some prominent opponents of Charles I became turncoats. George Downing, former spymaster for Cromwell, hunted former comrades and sent them to the scaffold. General George Monck fought tirelessly for parliament and republic and then betrayed both in an astounding series of deceptions. Set in an age of intrigue and espionage, The King's Revenge vividly brings these remarkable figures and this astonishing story to life in an engrossing, bloody tale of espionage, double agents, fear and ambition.
Reviews
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A fast-paced, lively work
In this beautifully detailed and seamlessly written book Jordan and Walsh shine a new light on Charles II . . . their energetic and masterful account makes for a Restoration romp worth reading
Jordan and Walsh provide a thoroughly entertaining account of these extraordinary events . . . a vivid and consuming piece of historical narrative
Praise for WHITE CARGO:'An extraordinary book.' Toni Morrison 'Vivid... The authors are not only historians, but also natural storytellers with a fine sense of drama and character' The New York Times'An eye-opening and heart-rending story' Iain Finlayson, The Times'A fascinating account of Britain's troubled relationship with its biggest colony' (4 Stars) Siobhan Murphy, Metro '[A] riveting history' Val Hennessy, Daily Mail Critic's Choice'Full of unforgettable portraits' Brian Morton, Sunday Herald'Fascinating' lasdair Palmer, Sunday Telegraph'Engrossing...[opens] up the human motives behind an inhumane trade' Hugh MacDonald, The Herald
Praise for White Cargo 'An eye-opening and heart-rending story'
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Summaries
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The fifty-nine men who signed the death warrant for Charles I changed not only the course of English history, but altered their own lives beyond their imagining. They launched a series of experiments in government unparalleled in British history. Their explorations led to unexpected consequences, igniting a flame of revenge that burned for another thirty years or more before burning itself out.
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Throughout the freezing night the carpenters worked hard to find the scaffold ready for use in the morning. The noise echoed around Whitehall and across the frozen Thames to the hovels on the far shore. It penetrated the locked and guarded room in St James's Palace and woke the man for whom the structure was being built. Sitting up, he pulled back the heavy curtains surrounding his bed. Cold air rushed around his face. By the light of the large candle left burning through the night he read the dial of the little silver clock hanging on the bedpost. It was just after five o'clock in the morning of 30 January 1649. Charles Stuart, appointed by God as King of England, Scotland and Ireland, counted his last hours on earth.
Bowker Data Service Summary
When Charles I was executed, his son Charles II made it his mission to search out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen. Don Jordan and Michael Walsh bring this astonishing story vividly to life in an engrossing, bloody tale of plots, spies, betrayal, fear and ambition.
Bowker Data Service Summary
When Charles I was executed, his son Charles II made it his mission to search out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen. Jordan and Walsh bring this story vividly to life.
Main Description
After Charles I was beheaded in 1649 his son the future Charles II vowed vengeance on his father's killers, promising 'We shall ...by all ways and means possible pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder.'
Main Description
When Charles I was executed, his son Charles II made it his mission to search out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, one that would span Europe and America and would last for thirty years. Men who had once been among the most powerful figures in England ended up on the scaffold, on the run, or in fear of the assassin's bullet. History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were remarkable men, including John Milton and Oliver Cromwell. Don Jordan and Michael Walsh bring these remarkable figures and this astonishing story vividly to life an engrossing, bloody tale of plots, spies, betrayal, fear and ambition.
Main Description
When Charles I was executed, his son Charles II made it his mission to search out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, one that would span Europe and America and would last for thirty years.Men who had once been among the most powerful figures in England ended up on the scaffold, on the run, or in fear of the assassin's bullet. History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatical Puritans, but among them were remarkable men, including John Milton and Oliver Cromwell. Don Jordan and Michael Walsh bring these remarkable figures and this astonishing story vividly to life an engrossing, bloody tale of plots, spies, betrayal, fear and ambition.

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