The King's Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History

The King's Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History

by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh


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The King's Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh

Set in an age of intrigue and espionage,this is thestory ofthe greatest manhunt in British history: the quest for retribution upon the traitors who brought about the death of Charles I.
When Charles I was executed, his sonCharles II made it his role to seek out retribution, producing the biggestmanhunt Britain had ever seen, one that wouldspan Europe and America and wouldlast for thirty years.
"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 Americaand 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.Many of the most senior figures in England were hanged, drawn and quartered; imprisoned for life; orconsigned 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 theerrant 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 andbeheaded.Set in an age of intrigue and betrayal,The King's Revengebrings these remarkable figures vividly to life inan engrossing tale of ambition, double agents, and espionage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681771687
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,072,390
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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

Michael Walsh has won a Royal Television Society Award, among other honors. Together with Don Jordan he has written four books, including The King's Bed andWhite Cargo, which was acclaimed by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as an "extraordinary book." 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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