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Prince Rupert
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King Charles's Pirate Prince To his fellow Royalists, fighting for King Charles I, Prince Rupert of the Rhine was the archetypal 'cavalier'. Young, handsome, expert horseman, crack pistol shot, his swaggering style irritated the stuffier of the king's courtiers almost as much as the 'Roundheads' they were fighting. To the parliamentarians, above all Oliver Cromwell, he was the ultimate 'malignant', one of those Royalists who fought on even after Charles was executed in 1649. Rupert commanded the Royalist forces in exile, at one point reduced to little more than pirates before the triumphant restoration of the monarchy in 1660. In Charles Spencer's thoroughly researched account, Prince Rupert is revealed as more than just a great general and dashing cavalier. He was a scientist and classical scholar too: a true renaissance prince. From his dramatic childhood escape through the snows of Bohemia to respected older statesman, this is the first comprehensive biography of the greatest cavalier of them all.
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Brilliant biography of the greatest 'Cavalier' of them all A page-turning narrative from the best selling author of BLENHEIM A highly promotable author with extensive TV experience - Charles Spencer will be doing some publicity for the paperback Blenheim: Battle for Europe was shortlisted for the History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards 'I have read many lives of the prince... but I have not read one before... so richly and fully explored' Antonia Fraser, Guardian 'Works of popular history are cakes eaten for their currants, and there are enough here to keep the pages turning briskly' Independent on Sunday 'Written with all the zest of a Flashman novel, this biography is a delight to read and it reveals a more complex, multi-faceted and, in the end, more sympathetic figure than any of its predecessors' John Adamson, Mail on Sunday

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Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. While in the middle of a seven year stint as a correspondent for NBC News in the United States, Charles Spencer inherited the ancestral home of Althorp, Northampton, which he has since restored and refurbished. He achieved worldwide attention after speaking passionately at the funeral of his sister Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. He lives at Althorp and in West London.

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