|Publication Date: 16 Feb 2017|
|Publisher: Marylebone House|
|Page Count: 304|
|Author: Simon Parke|
|ISBN-13: 9781910674468, 9781910674475|
The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover
In this brilliantly atmospheric novel, Simon Parke explores one of the most gripping tales in English history. He weaves together the four coinciding stories of Charles, including his extraordinary year-long imprisonment on the Isle of Wight . . . Robert Hammond, the poor man who found himself the king’s gaoler . . . Charles’ remarkable mistress (written out of the records), the super-spy Jane Whorwood . . . and of course, the brilliant and depressed Oliver Cromwell, who is working through his own demons of religion, politics, love and death.
Simon Parke's well-written and absorbing story of [King Charles I's] final years dramatises the political chicanery,
the shifting loyalties and an unexpected love story before his execution in 1649.
A terrific book, smart and very readable
An extraordinary story has found an extraordinary storyteller. The truth of Charles I and his mistress-spy Jane Whorwood was hushed up and overlooked for centuries, but Simon Parke opens up the story so vividly that you are not only in the room, but in the heads and hearts of the characters. A wonderful, compelling read.
You’ve really gripped my imagination, Simon. So firmly I could get obsessive. I’ve got Mr and Mrs Cromwell living in my head, and I want to dive down the rabbit burrow of every historical detail to know more! Some of the writing is the best you’ve ever done. Vivid, immediate, deft. Funny, too.
. . . conjuring an atmosphere or a moment in a single brief line, a single piece of dialogue – the second half of the book particularly draws the reader in and builds very satisfyingly. I’m in awe of the research which seems impeccable.
Parke’s book retells and reimagines this historical turning-point to lively effect.
well-written and absorbing