Until this book was published in 1974, many of the letters in this book between Charles I Prince Rupert his nephew and the leading Royalist commander had never been published. From a mainly private collection, the letters give a fascinating insight into the stormy relationship between the monarch and his nephew. Also included are letters from the Royalist exiles, including the future King Charles II and letters to and from other notable figures of the time including Queen Henrietta Maria, Montrose and Oliver Cromwell. The period covered by the letters is the turning point of the Civil War and enables the reader to see the War through the eyes of those who participated in it. The letters have been edited in such a way as to illuminate to the full the personalities of their writers and the appropriate historical and personal context to the letters.
Table of Contents
1. Uncle and Nephew 2. Women at War i) The Countess of Derby ii) Queen Henrietta Maria 3. Father and Son: The Two Fairfaxes 4. Montrose 5. The Irish Scene 6. The Fighters and the Fighting I 7. The Fighters and the Fighting II 8. The Exiles
Charles Petrie was a historian of international repute.