Linda’s fourth book, Royal Renegades: the children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars looks at a neglected aspect of the dispute between the Stuart monarchy and Parliament that tore apart seventeenth century England. The execution of King Charles I is one of the most famous moments in our history but its impact on his family and their treatment by the victors under Oliver Cromwell is little-known. Charles and his unpopular but indomitable French queen, Henrietta Maria, had five surviving children when hostilities broke out in 1642 and a sixth was born in 1644, as Royalist fortunes began to wane. The dramatic account of his wanderings so carefully fashioned by the future Charles II has obscured the fates of his siblings. Royal Renegades will reveal a story of a broken family, divided, as were many others, by religious beliefs, whose privileged existence vanished, to be replaced by imprisonment or exile. It is a story both romantic and harrowing, a microcosm of the Civil Wars themselves.
Dr Linda Porter has a B.A. and a D.Phil from the University of York, where she studied under the direction of two inspirational professors, Gerald Aylmer and Gwyn A. Williams.
She spent nearly ten years lecturing in New York, at Fordham and City Universities among others, before returning with her American husband and daughter to England, where she embarked on a complete change of career. For more than twenty years she worked as a senior public relations practitioner in BT, introducing a ground-breaking international public relations programme during the years of BT’s international e...
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