To Catch a King
Guided by its various twists and turns To Catch a King is an unputdownable book which tells an old story with new eyes, challenging our polarised notions of royalism, nationalism and loyalty. King Charles I's life ended with his neck: he was beheaded outside his London palace in January 1649. It was presumed then that his son Charles II who had fled would suffer the same fate; with his darker complexion, six foot two figure and regal mannerisms, he stood out in a crowd. Yet, against all odds, the heir to the throne became the protagonist of one of the most incredible pursuits in history, lasting nearly a decade.In this gripping, action-packed, true story, Spencer uses brand new material to retrace the Odyssean journey of the King of Scotland, including correspondence and diaries from Charles II himself. The King never forgot the particular kindness of his Catholic helpers. Their patchwork of hiding places had evolved in the face of royal, Protestant, persecution; but, ironically, now they saved the life of a king.Guided by its various twists and turns, this unputdownable book tells an old story with new eyes, challenging our polarised notions of royalism, nationalism and loyalty.
Praise for `Killers of the King': `History with the pace of a thriller, and I learned much I never knew' Julian Fellowes, Observer Books of the Year `Pacy, well-researched and beautifully written' Andrew Roberts `Masterful' Alison Weir `An exceptional and highly original history book that sheds new light on one of England's bloodiest episodes' Alison Weir
Charles Spencer is a historian. His most recent book, 'Killers of the King' was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. His book 'Blenheim: Battle for Europe' was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards. 1986-1995, Contributing Correspondent on the TODAY Show (NBC News). He is a Founder of the Althorp Literary Festival - held in mid-June each year - in 2004. His wife, Karen, founded and runs Whole Child International - a charity that champions abandoned and orphaned children in the Developing World.