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A vivid account of the children of Charles I and how they reacted when their calm and loving family life was shattered by the Civil War and the execution of their father.

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Section - i: Map Section - ii: Family Trees Introduction - iii: Prologue Unit - Part One: 'GATHER YE ROSEBUDS WHILE YE MAY' 1625-40 Chapter - One: Trouble and Strife Chapter - Two: A Loving Family Unit - Part Two: STORM CLOUDS 1640-42 Chapter - Three: The King at Bay Chapter - Four: Civil War Unit - Part Three: A FAMILY DESTROYED 1642-49 Chapter - Five: Reunions and Partings Chapter - Six: Defeat Without Victory Chapter - Seven: 'A foreigner begging your bread' Chapter - Eight: Vanishing Hopes Unit - Part Four: 'CLEAN DIFFERENT THINGS' 1649-70 Chapter - Nine: 'That man of blood' Chapter - Ten: A Quiet Death Chapter - Eleven: King of Scotland Chapter - Twelve: The Protestant Princess Chapter - Thirteen: Soldiering Chapter - Fourteen: The Fall of the English Republic Chapter - Fifteen: No More Wandering Chapter - Sixteen: Minette Section - iv: Epilogue Section - v: Author's Note Section - vi: Notes Section - vii: Select Bibliography Acknowledgements - viii: Picture Acknowledgements Index - ix: Index

About the Author

Linda Porter was the winner of the 2004 Biographers Club / Daily Mail Prize, and is the author of three critically acclaimed history books: Mary Tudor: The First Queen, Katherine the Queen: the Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr and Crown of Thistles: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots. She is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and History Today.


Charles I was, even his wife and key advisers conceded, lacking in the essential strength that a ruler required, in turbulent times. But even Charles's enemies were moved by his loving devotion as a father. Linda Porter looks with sympathy and fluent scholarship at the lives of the six, beloved, Stuart princes and princesses, illuminating how their father's failure as a king inevitably impacted their lives, before the survivors strived to forge their own destinies. -- Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King
A wonderful story, both poignant and touching, of the family heartbreak that lay behind the public politics of the Civil Wars. -- Janice Hadlow, author of The Strangest Family
One of the great untold stories of British history - a prince who knew what it was like to live as a pauper, an exiled princess as estranged from her husband as from England. Linda Porter's pacy and impeccably researched history takes the five surviving children of Charles I and gives full weight to the personal as well as the political stories. -- Sarah Gristwood, author of Arbella and Blood Sisters
She tells the tale with admirable flair and clarity. -- Adrian Tinniswood * Literary Review *
Lively and engaging - Porter deftly weaves together the key political events from a 60 year period with the turbulent lives of some of its youngest royal players. -- Janet Ravenscroft * History Today *

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