Summer lecture 2018 on Thursday 12th July 2018
How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British history?
In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London outside his palace of Whitehall and Britain became a republic. When his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was crushed by the might of Cromwell’s armies at the battle of Worcester.
With 3,000 of his supporters lying dead and 10,000 taken prisoner, it seemed as if his dreams of power had been dashed. Surely it was a foregone conclusion that he would now be caught and follow his father to the block? At six foot two inches tall, the prince towered over his contemporaries and with dark skin inherited from his French-Italian mother, he stood out in a crowd. How would he fare on the run with Cromwell’s soldiers on his tail and a vast price on his head?
Charles Spencer, bestselling author of Killers of the King, uses Pepys’s account and many others to retell this gripping, action-packed, true adventure story, based on extensive archive material. Copies of To Catch A King will be on sale on the night for personalised dedications and signing, along with a cash bar for wine and soft drinks.
Subject to fine weather, gates will open from 5.00pm for picnics in the grounds of Broughton Castle. Lecture at 7.00pm, followed by Q&A and book signing.
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