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If the daughters of Charles 1 lived now. they could have happy marriages and successful careers because they were remarkably clever. Unfortunately, the poor girls had to endure the regicide of their father, exile from home, and unhappy lives. Mary's marriage was relatively happy, but she was homesick for England, and Henrietta had an extremely tough time in France.
I enjoyed reading about these sisters. Sarah Beth-Watkins has written a detailed, well-research account and the letters help to bring them alive. The relationship between Charles II and Henrietta is especially poignant. The only problem that I have is that Charles 1 is regarded as a saint in the Anglican church because he would not agree to make England Presbyterian, and I didn't feel that she really gave the controversy about his relationship with the Covenanters of Scotland a fair hearing.
However, this book certainly made me want to read more about the period.
I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review
On loc 617 the author misquotes Cardinal Retz stating that "a Queen of England and granddaughter of Henri Quatre". Henrietta Marie was, in fact, the daughter of Henri Quatre not his granddaughter. A reader could possibly let that go as an editing error, but on loc 793 the author states that "Henrietta Marie's father, Louis XIII". I stopped reading after that. Louis XIII was Henrietta's brother, both children of Henri IV and Marie de Medici. Future readers beware.
You just can’t help thinking the Stuarts are cursed in some way. Blessed in brains and good looks - but cursed in that they rub people up the wrong way as rulers! If you love history, this will fill in the gaps and whet the appetite for more.
The daughters like their father all had a somewhat sad ending to their all too short lives. The author did a good job on historical research and the book is written in away that I had empathy for these princesses.
A short book about the daughters of Charles i. It was interesting but should have been longer. His youngest daughter was married to the duke of Orleans quite a bit could be written about just get and her descendents.