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This month’s best historical reads
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White King: The Tragedy of Charles I

By Leanda de Lisle

Chatto and Windus, £20, hardback, 432 pages

Charles I doesn’t always get the best rap. Incompetent, unable to compromise, physically and mentally weak – those are just some of the criticisms levelled against a monarch who did, after all, meet a rather sticky end on the executioner’s block in 1649. Yet, argues historian and broadcaster Leanda de Lisle, this is all rather unfair. In her new book, she sets out to tell a very different story: of a tragic king, flawed but multifaceted, vilified yet three-dimensional. And, just as she broadens out Charles’s character, so too does she paint a complex portrait of a court and a reign gripped by political and military unrest.

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