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Daily Mail review of 'The soldier, the gaoler, the spy and her lover.'

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 May 2017, 4.50pm

The following review, by Elizabeth Buchan, appeared in the Daily Mail recently.

It is uncut.

‘In February 1647, the Scots have sold Charles 1 to Oliver Cromwell, who has imprisoned him on the Isle of Wight.

His family is mostly in exile, the royalists are scattered, leaving Charles 1st virtually alone but for the redoubtable Jane Whorwood.

A spy and a fixer, she is also Charles’ mistress, a surprising revelation (deftly expunged by royalist historians) as the king was famously uxorious.

Simon Parke’s well-written and absorbing story of the king’s final years dramatizes the political chicanery, the shifting loyalties and an unexpected love story before his execution in 1649.

Charles was autocratic and, sometimes, a fool, but his death was courageous and left its imprint on Jane, his gaolers and, not least, Cromwell himself.’

 
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