The King's Revenge

The King's Revenge

by Don Jordan
The King's Revenge

The King's Revenge

by Don Jordan



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When Charles I was executed, his son made it his role to seek out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, one that would span Europe and America and would last for 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. 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 fanatics, 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 betrayal, The King's Revenge brings these remarkable figures vividly to life in an engrossing tale of ambition, double agents, and espionage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681772028
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Don Jordan has twice won a Blue Ribbon Award at the New York Film and Television Festival and has written four books with Michael Walsh. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Watchtower 7

2 'That Man of Blood': January 1647-January 1649 18

3 A Wicked Design: 8 January-27 January 1649 34

4 Execution: 29 January-7 February 1649 54

5 Propaganda and Assassination: January 1649-October 1651 67

6 'The Honour of Dying for the People': April 1653-August 1658 87

7 Alter Oliver: September 1658-October 1659 109

8 The Invader: October 1659-February 1660 123

9 The Round-up begins: February-April 1660 145

10 Exodus: April-May 1660 161

11 Death List: May-September 1660 180

12 'The Guilt of Blood': 8-12 October 1660 209

13 Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't: 13-19 October 1660 228

14 Disinterred: November 1660-April 1661 243

15 Bloodhounds: May-September 1661 255

16 On the Word of a King: September 1661-July 1663 273

17 The Tightening Net: 1663-1665 288

18 Plans to Invade and Hopes Dashed: 1665-1692 311

19 Epilogue: the Legacy of the Regicides 325

Appendix I The Regicides and their Fate 329

Appendix II People 337

Notes 341

Bibliography 357

Acknowledgements 361

Index 363

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