Henrietta Maria

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Amberley Publishing Limited, Nov 15, 2015 - History - 352 pages
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At the heart of the English Civil War stands the wife of Charles I, Henrietta Maria. She came to England in 1625 at the age of fifteen, undermined by her greedy French entourage, blocked by the forceful Duke of Buckingham and weighed down by instructions from the Pope to protect the Catholics of England. She was only a girl, and she had hardly a winning card in her hand; yet fifteen years later she was the terror of Parliament. We see Henrietta Maria in the portraits of van Dyck, and hear her voice in the letters which she wrote to her husband and many others. She is a historic queen who inherited from her father, the great French statesman Henri IV, undying convictions about royal and divine authority and about just governance. There was always brutal violence in the background of her life from the early moments (her father was assassinated when she was six months old); she lived through civil war both in England and in France (the Fronde); she was tortured by the fate of Charles I; but her spirit – and her family – prevailed. Two of her children sat on the throne of England (Charles II and James II) and three of her grandchildren followed them (William III, Mary II and Anne). Her life is a story of elegance, courage, wit, energy and family devotion on a grand scale.

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Romisch Superstition
Salmacida Spolia
God Confound the Queen
The House of Orange
Henrietta Maria in the Limelight
That Fathomless Abyss
Civil Wars
Pouring Rain

The King of Scotland
The Feminine Touch
The Wedding
The English Match
Queen Mary
Pious Hopes
Frisking and Dancing
Departure of the French
The Dukes Destiny
Years of Peace
Heirs to the Throne
The Excitements of Marie de Médicis
The Sound of Silence
Gold Damask and the Blood of Martyrs
Queen Mother Weather
The Prayer Book
The Walls and Sinews of the Parliament
Getting Help
The Impeachment of Henrietta Maria
Man of Blood
30 January 1649
A Reluctant Messenger
The Royal
The Consolations of Religion
Marys Visit
Restoration and Loss
Henrietta Marias Identity
The Betrayed Queen
A Perfect World

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Dominic Pearce studied Classics at New College, Oxford, before pursuing a career in financial analysis, which took him to Japan, Spain and Austria – countries where the modern world succeeds a rich historic tradition. Since then he has undertaken historical and cultural research on the seventeenth century in particular, and also on the practice of art. He has published a study of drawing in collaboration with Francis Hoyland called 'Greek Light'. He is the author of a biography of Henrietta Maria. He lives in London.

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