Charles I: A Life of Religion, War and Treason

Charles I A Life of Religion War and Treason When Charles Stuart was a young child it seemed unlikely that he would survive let alone become ruler of England and Scotland Once shy and retiring an awkward stutterer he grew in stature and conf

  • Title: Charles I: A Life of Religion, War and Treason
  • Author: Christopher Hibbert David Starkey
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  • Page: 195
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  • When Charles Stuart was a young child, it seemed unlikely that he would survive, let alone become ruler of England and Scotland Once shy and retiring, an awkward stutterer, he grew in stature and confidence under the guidance of the Duke of Buckingham his marriage to Henrietta of Spain, originally planned to end the conflict between the two nations, became, after rocky bWhen Charles Stuart was a young child, it seemed unlikely that he would survive, let alone become ruler of England and Scotland Once shy and retiring, an awkward stutterer, he grew in stature and confidence under the guidance of the Duke of Buckingham his marriage to Henrietta of Spain, originally planned to end the conflict between the two nations, became, after rocky beginnings, a true love match Charles I is best remembered for having started the English Civil War in 1642 which led to his execution for treason, the end of the monarchy, and the establishment of a commonwealth until monarchy was restored in 1660 Hibbert s masterful biography re creates the world of Charles I, his court, artistic patronage, and family life, while tracing the course of events that led to his execution for treason in 1649.

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    1. Baby Charles was a sickly little thing who was not expected to live. However, he lived to the age of 48 years. His older brother, Henry, on the other hand was "good-looking, athletic, intelligent and charming" and the heir to the throne. It was not to be: Henry it was who died of an illness when he was 18 years old, and it was Charles who ascended the throne as Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland.Charles (Portrait from the studio of Anthony van Dyck, 1636)Charles was born in Scotland on t [...]

    2. His life could have been much better had his older brother Henry lived. That way England could have had its King Henry IX and Charles, the Duke of York, could have been a great art director. Instead death took his brother's life and sent Charles to a position in which he was so over his head that he lost it.During the course of this book I wondered how a monarchy so powerful in the days of the Tudors could become so weak and feeble. Part of King Charles' problem was he was the son of King James. [...]

    3. One reason to read a biography is to get a better idea about the character of the subject. Character, it seems to me, to be revealed in a subject's decisions and how they are made. By this standard this biography of Charles I is excellent. Charles had to make many decisions on his road to disaster and Hibbert lays out how he went about making those decisions. It is a tragic story well told. At the same time Hibbert provides a lot of background about the period and other actors in the drama.

    4. 3.5 stars. This book is a good overview of the life of Charles I. The second son of James I, Charles was a sickly, weak boy who succeeded his brother Henry as Prince of Wales upon his untimely death at age 18. It's clear that Charles was doomed from the get go. His father believed that the sovereign was all powerful. That he held Christ's place upon this earth; basically what he says goes. These opinions, which Charles also held, would mold and shape his reign; leading to the absolving of parlia [...]

    5. Christopher Hibbert did a fine job laying out the life of Charles I making it easy for me to "know" him. I came away from reading this book aware of so much more than just of Charles I. He grew from a weak child who was insecure and even had a stutter. No one would ever have imagined him to live let alone become the ruler that he did.His political marriage to Henrietta of Spain began to try and unite the two countries had eventually blossomed into a marriage of respect and true love. In this boo [...]

    6. I found this to be a distressingly poor biography of one of the most fascinating of the British monarchs.Charles I is remembered primarily for the English Civil War and the circumstances of his regicide. Neither of these is detailed convoiningly in this vapid and dull text. Whilst the general reticence and distance of Charles as a person makes him a difficult subject for analysis, the fact that he comes across as a blank slate after 300 pages of text suggests a less-than-engaged biographer. The [...]

    7. For the age of the book, I think Hibbert covered all of the major bases and did it in a very informative way. I walked away with a much better understanding what why the Civil War occured but thought the ending was a bit over the top (the ending of the war, not the book). I would have liked the Author's Note to include a run down of what happened to Charles I's children who were left behind. Hibbert alludes to death but provides no explanation. Oh well, I guess I will find out in another book. O [...]

    8. Good read. I've read some of Christopher Hibbert's other biographies and this is one of the best of them. I knew the history of Charles I but this book went into just the right amount of detail. I must admit I got a little bored with some of the battles but this book is still very good and very interesting.

    9. If you've made a trip to London (as I recently did), and it sparked your interest in the history associated with Charles I, this is wonderful follow-up read. The biography's most redeeming attribute is that it isn't bogged down with minutiae that can bore a non-historian to tears. In fact, it reads almost like a historical novel but, of course, contains more accuracy of account.

    10. I really enjoyed this book and indeed have dipped into it on many occasions when researching aspects of Charles' life. It is very informative, easy to read and leaves the reader wanting to learn more.

    11. This book was as good as any of the other Hibbert books I've read except for the ending. I wish Hibbert had included some information about Charles I's family and other major players after Charles I was removed.

    12. A very accessible biography on an often overshadowed monarch. Hibbert's book gives a "portrait in the round" of Charles I and the larger forces at work in England during the time of the Civil War.

    13. More interesting than I had expected and very well illustrated. Several typing errors including a wrong date [1624 should have read 1642] had escaped the proof reading.

    14. I kept finding my mind wandering as I was reading this. It didn't hold my interest very well. And, I didn't really get the feeling that I knew Charles I at all at the end of the book.

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