Royal Survivor: The Life of Charles II

Royal Survivor: The Life of Charles II

by Stephen Coote

Coote introduces the reader to the drama and danger of an England torn by civil war, ruled over by a villainous Cromwell and populated with the lustful, rapacious and streetwise women Charles bedded on the road to his restored throne: Lady Castlemaine.

  • Language: English
  • Category: History
  • Rating: 3.64
  • Pages: 396
  • Publish Date: June 30th 2000 by St. Martin's Press
  • Isbn10: 031222687X
  • Isbn13: 9780312226879

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Beginning with his birth and following Charles's life all the way to the trials and tribulations of being King, this novel spares no details. If you feel like your life is tough, read this novel and you may think otherwise.

This book is "light history", as it tells the story of Charles II who was rushed into exile by his mother when his father, Charles I was executed and Cromwell took over the rule of the British isles.

Royal Survivor is great book written about an interesting person with a fascinating life. Born to the ultimate form of privilege Charles was the eldest son of the King. As and heir to the throne of the King of England, Charles spent his boyhood as the Prince of Wales leading a life a wealth and luxury. It was not easy for a prince born the heir to the throne believing he was rightful king in a monarchy that had now been abolished, having to now live in state of poverty. Charles had been restored not because of who he was but of what he was: his country's legitimate monarch."p.180 The reign of King Charles II was what the previous puritan regime was not: scandalous. Charles' grandfather, King James I, ruled a nation that took the idea of witches seriously. Though the discoveries of these men especially, it became possible to view the universe as acting in all places and at all times according to consistent and verifiable rules or natural laws." p.258-9 Throughout his life and reign King Charles II was a brilliant politician in ways his father could have only dreamed of being. Yet, Charles, even though Coote writes that the he considered his lawful heir, the Duke of York, to be a moron, he did not chose to support his son. Indeed, Charles was determined to lower the levels of political consciousness and excitement in the country as a whole, and to reduce the influence of party activity especially." P.344 Royal Survivor is great book. The life of King Charles II is one incredible adventure and Coote creates a great narrative to explain it.

Not only did the book offer an account of Charles II and his private life but we are also provided with accounts of his struggle with the Dutch provinces, France and its King, along with the plague and the Great Fire of London. I would not consider the book to be an in-depth biography but more of a narrative history offering the reader a general overview of the subject. The book provides the reader with a free flowing narrative, holding your interest throughout the whole story.

This is my all-time favorite telling of the story of the life of King Charles II, who is my all-time favorite British monarch.

Clearly this was not Coote's responsibility and, for me, it has provided post-reading opportunities to read other things.There seem to be a lot of biographies of Charles II.

Unlike many British bio's, you don't need to be an expert in every arcane bit of "titles and rankings" or already know about every obscure bureaucrat in English history to follow what's going on.