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Royal Escape: In which a daredevil King with a price on his head fools his enemies and terrifies his friends (Historical Romances) Kindle Edition

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Royal Escape is one of those historical novels that contains a lot more history than the casual listener expects. A considerable amount of meticulous research went into this story about Charles II, who had been smuggled to safety in France as a young boy. In 1650, the young man returns to Scotland and attempts to forge an alliance with Presbyterian Covenant forces to reclaim his father's throne. All his plans come to ruin in 1651, when the Scottish army is defeated at the Battle of Worcester by the English under Oliver Cromwell. Charles, disguised as a servant, is forced to flee for his life and spends 40 days roaming the English countryside in search of a way to get back to France. Heyer portrays Charles II as a charming, levelheaded, and brave young man who manages to retain his calm and sense of humor despite the dashing of his hopes and constant threats to his life. In spite of the archaic language used in the dialog, a clear, precise narration by Cornelius Garrett moves the tale along smoothly. His changes in diction, accent, and tone enable the listener to keep the large number of characters differentiated. This program is highly recommended for libraries where historical fiction or the works of Heyer are popular. Barbara L. Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland
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"Royal Escape, first published in 1938, offers readers a very interesting window into the young life of King Charles II. " - Book Loons

"In short, "Royal Escape" is just the thing for you if you're into royalty, romance, and adventure. " - Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society

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  • File Size: 1647 KB
  • Print Length: 467 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402210760
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001POX6X8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Reader reader on June 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you love Heyer's light-hearted romances, or her mysteries, this may not be for you. It is more history than romance, and as the former reviewer stated, it's a little hard sometimes to distinquish the "good guys." Nevertheless, it is reasonably true to the period and the events. There were then, as now, Puritans and Puritans. Not all were exactly blameless - the "Roundhead" forces were guilty of as many atrocities as the other side. Incidents such as the one the former reviewer finds so objectionable did happen. To the Puritans, these people were Satan's tools as well as traitors. Many of the Catholics felt the same way about the Puritans, and Heyer does favor that side.

As for the Stuart immorality - none of the royal houses of Europe of that period (or any?) were known for their blameless lives where the opposite sex was involved.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Robinson on February 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Those who pick up this book because of the author's name and the romance-novel cover will probably give up on it after the first few chapters. There's no romance, though a couple of the young women involved in helping the embattled king to get from hiding place to hiding place have strong affection for him, and he'll flirt with any woman who gives him a smile. The history, I'm sure, is authentic, and quite interesting, for someone like me who knows little about the period apart from the fact that Charles II does eventually take the throne. As for a previous reviewer's comment about the king's Catholicism, I didn't see that at all; he was willing to listen thoughtfully to Catholics and was embittered--with good reason--by Puritan attitudes, but unlike so many of his predecessors, he wasn't into taking passionate sides and persecution of the Others.

It's not your usual Heyer, but it's worth a read if you're interested in English history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gilly8 on February 8, 2011
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I have been a Heyer fan for many years and read all her Regency books over and over...sort of like the books equivilent of "comfort food"!

But she also wrote several books which were set in other time periods. Some are set in the late 1700's, others: her mysteries, are set in what was to her, "modern times", from about 1920 or so onward....these are not my favorites.

She also wrote a few books set in the Middle Ages, or in times far earlier than the other books. "Royal Escape" set in the 1700's, and based on a famous true story, is actually a pretty good book. Its not like the Regency books in that it has more to do with young King Charles II (age about 20 or so) trying to escape from England after his army was defeated by the Puritan dictator Cromwell. If he'd been caught, he'd likely have been beheaded as his father, King Charles I, was, and several of his friends and supporters who were caught after the battle was lost...Therefore most of the book follows history and the many adventures young Charles had in getting away from the troops pursuing him and the high price on his head which would have encouraged many people to turn him in.

As mentioned, its based on the true story and well told by Heyer. I don't want to give away all the story for those who have not read it, but I found it interesting and enjoyable though not up to the level of the better Regency books.

Another excellent book on young Charles II, is The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge. This is based on a true story: the love affair of young Prince Charles, before he became king, with an island girl who gave birth to his son. It is a very good, very moving story that will stay with you. The events in it occur PRIOR to "Royal Escape"....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Muratore on August 22, 2009
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Heyer's historical novels are typically not my favorites, but this one--possibly because it's so accurate and well-paced--was fascinating and fun. Even had I no knowledge of the events, it would be a great read. But Heyer's able to flesh out the facts of the well-known story. Since, as her husband boasted, her research is thorough and flawless, I never had to wonder (as one must with so many authors of this ilk), "Did it really happen like that?" That's one of the things that makes Heyer such a comfortable author: she's trust-worthy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By History lover on November 14, 2008
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I love this book. Charles II is one of my favourite real people in history and this book creates him as a real breathing person. The events of this book were true and most of the story is the one that Charles himself told on the boat as he returned to England as king, 9 years after the event of the book and Samuel Pepys recorded. Because the tale is Charles own story the detail that Georgette Heyer puts in the book are often the king's own memories and the lightheartedness of the character relects his own descriptions of his actions.

Charles certainly was an unusual man for his time and the story of his escape may be one of the explanations of why he was a man who wore his kingship very lightly yet valued it above all. It was hard won.

True there is no suspense, anyone who reads history knows Charles did escape but if it were not a true tale it would be one which was described as an historical romp.

The book does lack the romance of other books but the fact that Georgette Heyer found enough drama in the tale without rewriting recorded history adds to the book

He was also the protype for the lovable rakes and rogues that Georgette Heyer often made her heros.
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