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Royal Escape

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Dispossessed of crown and kingdom crushed and routed at the grim Battle of Worcester the young Charles II is forced to flee for his life. Out of the heat of battle the outlaw King and his tiny party must journey across Cromwell's England to a Channel port and a ship bound for France and safety. But the King with his love of adventure his irrepressible humour and his unmistakeable looks is no easy man to hide...A typically witty exciting and wonderful tale of historical adventure Royal Escape will please Georgette Heyer fans old and new.

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Publisher
Arrow, Random House UK
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
320
Author
Georgette Heyer
ISBN-13
9780099476399
Publication Date
November, 2005
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.81 x 5.12 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10
0099476398

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Hugely enjoyable tale ...

Hugely enjoyable tale of King Charles ll, fleeing from the Battle of Worcester staying in safe houses, while planning to reach the Channel to sail to France. Wonderful characters litter the story and Charles's charming wit and humour is a joy to read. As this was written by Heyer in 1938, this has held up remarkably well.

This is a historical n...

This is a historical novel hiding in the romance section because it is by Georgette Heyer. While Charles the Second of Great Britain slips his would-be captors, he spends a great deal of time on the road disguised as a horse-groom. Good history, no romance, mild swash and buckle.

Royal Escape is George...

Royal Escape is Georgette Heyer's retelling of the king's escape following the Battle of Worcester in 1651, when Charles Stuart was soundly defeated by Cromwell's Roundheads. The 21-year-old king must flee to France to save his life, and is in almost constant danger as he and his followers travel the countryside in disguise. Political feelings are running high on both sides and there is a large reward promised to the man who gives information leading to the king's capture. The story follows the king as he makes several abortive attempts to leave the country. There are many humorous moments that keep it from becoming merely a frustrating string of mischances and ill luck. Heyer portrays Charles as a very personable young man with an irrepressible sense of humor. I think the fascination of this story is in that portrayal, actually, and from what I have read it's historically substantiated. Though ugly, Charles nevertheless has strong personal magnetism and commands loyalty in even the most fearful of his subjects. And really, it's those humble subjects who make the tale worth hearing. They are wholly devoted to his cause, even at the expense of their own lives, and count any privations they might suffer on his behalf as privileges. Though the thousand-pound reward would be a fortune beyond imagining to the poor country folk who aid him, the ones we meet would scorn to touch that "blood money." Heyer has a good ear for the sayings of the time, with people loyal to the king invariably called "honest" and each man doing "his possible." It was interesting how the Battle of Worcester was always called "Worcester fight." It's clear she has done her research, and everything rings true. I listened to this story on audiobook. Cornelius Garrett's vivacious reading was a pleasure to hear, and he did an excellent job differentiating the characters through their voices and accents. The female characters were a little weak; it seems harder for men to give a believable rendition of a woman's voice than for an actress to play a male part. But for the most part I enjoyed his reading. I think the pacing of this story dragged a little because of both its subject matter and because I listened to it on audiobook. Make no mistake, I enjoyed it. But sometimes I found myself wishing that Charles and Wilmot and all that crew would finally hit upon a successful way to smuggle the king out of England, so I could move on with my life ;). I might have enjoyed this more had I read it rather than listened to it, but I would still recommend it to fans of historical fiction for its memorable characters and rich, witty dialogue.

Royal Escape is George...

Royal Escape is Georgette Heyer's retelling of the king's escape following the Battle of Worcester in 1651, when Charles Stuart was soundly defeated by Cromwell's Roundheads. The 21-year-old king must flee to France to save his life, and is in almost constant danger as he and his followers travel the countryside in disguise. Political feelings are running high on both sides and there is a large reward promised to the man who gives information leading to the king's capture. The story follows the king as he makes several abortive attempts to leave the country. There are many humorous moments that keep it from becoming merely a frustrating string of mischances and ill luck. Heyer portrays Charles as a very personable young man with an irrepressible sense of humor. I think the fascination of this story is in that portrayal, actually, and from what I have read it's historically substantiated. Though ugly, Charles nevertheless has strong personal magnetism and commands loyalty in even the most fearful of his subjects. And really, it's those humble subjects who make the tale worth hearing. They are wholly devoted to his cause, even at the expense of their own lives, and count any privations they might suffer on his behalf as privileges. Though the thousand-pound reward would be a fortune beyond imagining to the poor country folk who aid him, the ones we meet would scorn to touch that "blood money." Heyer has a good ear for the sayings of the time, with people loyal to the king invariably called "honest" and each man doing "his possible." It was interesting how the Battle of Worcester was always called "Worcester fight." It's clear she has done her research, and everything rings true. I listened to this story on audiobook. Cornelius Garrett's vivacious reading was a pleasure to hear, and he did an excellent job differentiating the characters through their voices and accents. The female characters were a little weak; it seems harder for men to give a believable rendition of a woman's voice than for an actress to play a male part. But for the most part I enjoyed his reading. I think the pacing of this story dragged a little because of both its subject matter and because I listened to it on audiobook. Make no mistake, I enjoyed it. But sometimes I found myself wishing that Charles and Wilmot and all that crew would finally hit upon a successful way to smuggle the king out of England, so I could move on with my life ;). I might have enjoyed this more had I read it rather than listened to it, but I would still recommend it to fans of historical fiction for its memorable characters and rich, witty dialogue.

The royal who is makin...

The royal who is making his escape is Charles II of England. Those familiar with seventeenth-century English history will know that this king's father - Charles I - was beheaded by the "Roundhead" parliamentary side of the Civil War, after which the second Charles continued to fight, though he was king in name only. This story opens at the Battle of Worcester, September 1651. Charles reluctantly admits that his advisors are right by urging him to flee, for the battle, and indeed the war, has been lost. The remainder of the book focuses on how Charles disguises himself as a commoner and is aided by a couple of nobles and several loyal poor people to avoid capture. His aim is to secure a safe passage from England to seek refuge in France. Whilst I like most of the characterization and numerous scenes, more occasions than not left me bored. Reason being that this is an extremely *slow* read. At times, when there's some character interaction, the dialogue speeds the narrative up a little, but 90 per cent of this novel is slow paced. Although it's well plotted and historically researched, the plot tends to linger in one place too long in several instances. I guess the author's aim was to create suspense, but from this reader's view at least, it just created tedium. What prompted me to rate this three stars instead of two was Ms Heyer's portrayal of Charles II. Here he lives up to his nickname of "The Merry Monarch" and is by far the best character of the book. Huge potential for a cracking story lies dormant here, hidden beneath a snail-pace narrative.

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