Title: To Catch A King
Author: Charles Spencer
Webpage: Charles Spencer
Publisher: William Collins
Website: William Collins
Length: 336 pages
Synopsis: In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded and Britain became a republic. When his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was crushed by Cromwell’s armies at the battle of Worcester. With 3,000 of his supporters lying dead and 10,000 taken prisoner, it seemed as if his dreams of power had been dashed. Surely it was a foregone conclusion that he would now be caught and follow his father to the block? At six foot two inches tall, the prince towered over his contemporaries and with dark skin inherited from his French-Italian mother, he stood out in a crowd. The next six weeks would form the most memorable and dramatic of Charles’ life. How would he fare on the run with Cromwell’s soldiers on his tail and a vast price on his head?
A very skillful telling of the adventures of Charles II during his flight from the Commonwealth armies of Cromwell. Even though it is non-fiction the narration is gripping, intriguing and is written like an action adventure. I would recommend this book as an excellent read, even for those who do not normally read non-fiction.
What others thought at the time of writing
Amazon.co.uk; 45 reviews, of which 96% were 3* or more, giving an average of 4.4*
Amazon.com; 1 review, which was a 5* rating
Goodreads.com; 68 ratings (10 reviews), with 98% of 3* or more, giving an average of 4.2*
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