A royal passion : the turbulent marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France / Katie Whitaker.

Whitaker, Katie, 1967-
1st ed.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010.
xxi, 374 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649 -- Marriage.
Henrietta Maria, Queen, consort of Charles I, King of England, 1609-1669 -- Marriage.
Married people -- England -- Biography.
Interfaith marriage -- England -- Case studies.
Great Britain -- History -- Charles I, 1625-1649 -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Princesses -- France -- Biography.
A dangerous experiment from the start, the marriage of Charles I of England, a Protestant, and the fifteen-year-old French princess, a Catholic, was arranged for political purposes, and it seemed a mismatch of personalities. But against the odds, the reserved king and his naïvely vivacious bride fell passionately in love, and for ten years England enjoyed peace and prosperity. But when Charles became involved in war with Puritan Scotland, popular hatred of Henrietta's Catholicism roused Parliament to fury. As the opposition party embraced new values of liberty and republicanism--the blueprint for the American War of Independence and the French Revolution--Charles's fears for his wife's safety drove him into a civil war that would cost him his crown and his head. Rejecting centuries of hostile historical tradition, biographer Katie Whitaker uses a host of original sources to create an intimate portrait of a remarkable marriage.--From publisher description.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
9780393060799 (hardcover)
0393060799 (hardcover)
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