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Charles the First

Bowle, John

ISBN 10: 0316104043 / ISBN 13: 9780316104043
Published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1975
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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No English monarch's life can match that of Charles I for sheer drama. The most controverial and most tragic of England's "royal aesthetes," he was a complex man, lamentably unsuited to the role of a seventeenth century king. Bookseller Inventory # 8244

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Title: Charles the First

Publisher: Little, Brown, Boston

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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No English monarch's life can match that of Charles I for sheer drama. The most controversial and most tragic of England's "royal aesthetes," he was a complex man, lamentably unsuited to the role of seventeenth- century king. Though he was high-minded, industrious, brave, dignified, and pious, Charles's obstinacy of belief and obliviousness to political reality let him inexorably toward public execution at the hands of his subjects, and let England toward a precedent-setting republican revolution. Drawing on a wide range of sources, John Bowle has faithrully recreated the mood and preoccupation of Jacobean and Caroline England. Always at the center of his study is the multiform (and frequently misunderstood) personality of Charles. Rather than a reactionary clinging to feudal forms, Charles is shown to have been an innovator, whose impracticable dream was to provide England with a centralized, rational, bureaucratic form of government comparable to what Richelieu had achived in France. Unhappily, Charles's few innovations that did reach fruition were on a much smaller scale, such as the altered ritual of the Church of England. Only in his last days did Charles fully transcend his weaknesses, giving rise to the cult of the 'martyr king' - thus becoming more policically effect in death than in life. Charles the First is distinguished by the author's unsurpassed ability to distill great issues and events into inviting shape, and by his style, which has "the clarity and sharpness of quartz" (the Sunday telegraph). Mr. Bowle's calm, even-handed evocation of the bitterly disputed monarch is supplemented by thirty-four illustrations. Book Dust Jacket

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