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Royal Escape

ISBN: 9781402210761

By: Georgette Heyer

Published: 06/01/2008

This brilliantly entertaining novel is a fictionalization of the true story of Charles II, charting his daring flight to France after the Battle of Worcester, where Cromwell and his Protestant forces defeated the Catholic king.

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Description

A fascinating look into a tumultuous interlude in British history and the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This brilliantly entertaining novel is a fictionalization of the true story of Charles II (May 29, 1630 – February 6, 1685), charting his daring flight to France after the Battle of Worcester, where Cromwell and his Protestant forces defeated the Catholic king. For six weeks, Charles’ life was in danger as he hid in the English countryside, disguised as a servant, unable to find a way across heavily guarded borders. His loyal courtiers were appalled by the ease and glee with which he adopted his new humble identity, insisting on chatting and even drinking with ostlers and houseboys. Two young women were instrumental in his eventual escape and one of them became a lifelong friend of the exiled king.

About the Author

Georgette Heyer

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success. Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

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Table of Contents

One: ‘The Crowning Mercy’ -
Two: White-Ladies -
Three: A Very Rainy Day-
Four: ‘Who Goes There?’ -
Five: Royal Oak -
Six: The Sum Of One Thousand Pounds-
Seven: The Weight Of Three Kingdoms-
Eight: ‘Soldiers, Soldiers Are Coming!’-
Nine: ‘That Rogue Charles Stewart’-
Ten: A Poor Tenant’s Son-
Eleven: ‘I Know It Is My Liege’-
Twelve: ‘Frank, Frank, How Dost Thou?’-
Thirteen: ‘Though The Crown Should Hang Upon A Bush’-
Fourteen: A Prying Knave-
Fifteen: ‘Take Notice Of Him To Be A Tall Man’-
Sixteen: ‘I Know We Are Pursued’-
Seventeen: A Very Hot Conflict -
Eighteen: Cæsar’s Man-
Nineteen: Guests At Heale -
Twenty: ‘I Must Endeavour’-
Twenty-one: Brother Roundhead-
Twenty-two: ‘I Know Him Well’-
Bibliography-

Excerpt

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‘The Crowning Mercy’

From the time of the King’s ascending the cathedral tower, which he had done early in the morning, to observe the disposition of Crom

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“In short, "Royal Escape" is just the thing for you if you're into royalty, romance, and adventure. ” - Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 5.25 in
Weight: 17.36 oz
Page Count: 464 pages

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