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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2005, 11:30:08 AM »
My favourite book on the Stuarts is a bit out of date. It's "Tales of a Grandfather" by Sir Walter Scott. It's great and covers the years 1033 -1788!

Other Stuarts occur in novels by Sir Walter:

Robert III and the Duke of Rothesay in "The Fair Maid of Perth"
James IV in "Marmion"
James V in "The Lady of the Lake"
Mary Queen of Scots in "The Abbot"
James VI/I in "The Fortunes of Nigel"
Charles II in "Woodstock"
The Duke of Monmouth in "Old Mortality"
Prince Charles Edward Stuart in "Waverley" and "Redgauntlet"




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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2005, 03:20:25 PM »
I think Dulcie M Ashdown wrote a very good biog on Charles Ist children. It was extemely poignant- especially when she wrote about the deaths of Elizabeth and Henry.
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« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2005, 03:59:05 PM »
Really Kim? This is another I must try to find!!  :D
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« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2005, 04:18:08 PM »
Hmm . . . I've been looking at Dulcie Ashdown books. Is this one called Royal Children?
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2005, 04:52:06 PM »
I can't remember....I am getting old you know ;D
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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2005, 04:53:42 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D Should I take the plunge and buy 'Royal Children' anyway, hoping it is the one you mean? ;)
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« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2005, 01:58:37 AM »
Well how rich are you ;D
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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2005, 02:21:57 AM »
OK I couldn't find it on Amazon (although I was rather taken by the musical potty they are advertising that plays a royal fanfare whenever there is a "production" ;D).That is definately the book Prince. I have "googled" Dulcie m Ashdown author- and found a copy for £9 it is a good read, as is her "Ladies in Waiting"
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« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2005, 10:38:09 AM »
Thanks Kim. I will buy it then. I'm thinking of investing in her Tudor Cousins too . . .  ::) Still, that's o/t.
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« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2005, 10:51:39 AM »
She has written a good one on the Princess Royals throughout the ages too. Actually, she is very readable ;) As is Alison Plowden
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« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2005, 10:54:25 AM »
You're right about Plowden. Anyone who is interested in the Stuarts MUST buy Plowden's 'The Stuart Princesses' - I insist!!! I even wrote a review of it on amazon.co.uk for you!! Buy it now!!  ;) ;D ;D
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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2005, 10:59:07 AM »
Sorry, I missed this before.   :)

Here is a slightly edited repost of my book recommendations:

“Arbella: England’s Lost Queen” by Sarah Gristwood - a book about one of the unluckiest of the unlucky Stuarts.

"Henrietta Maria" and "The Winter Queen" by Carola Oman

“Dynasty: The Stuarts” by John MacLeod

“Royal Survivor” by Stephen Coote

“Bourbon and Stuart” by John Miller

“Ungrateful Daughters” by Maureen Waller  

“The Weaker Vessel” and “Royal Charles” by Lady Antonia Fraser  

"The Weaker Vessel" is a must-read in order to understand how women lived in seventeenth century England.  

"Royal Charles" is good, particularly if you are just learning about the Stuarts.  However, I don't agree with all of Fraser's conclusions, and I caught some troubling errors in her book.  

In my opinion, Fraser's books are worth reading, especially since they can usually be found at the library.  

“The Royal Whore” by Allen Andrews – this book is about Charles II’s mistress, Lady Castlemaine; don’t let the title scare you off, it is an excellent book.

The Memoirs of John Evelyn

"Who's Who in Stuart Britain 1603-1714" by C.P. Hill

Books about Samuel Pepys often contain interesting information about the era.  I loathe Pepys with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns because I believe he was a sexual predator, but many people enjoy his Diary and various biographies about this corrupt government official.
 
I think the movie Prince Lieven recommended above, "Charles II: The Power and the Passion" was excellent.  It was shown on A&E last year, but I believe it was originally a BBC production.  I think it was alternatively titled "The Last King."  




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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2005, 02:26:28 PM »
Ooh, I'm glad to find another admirer of Charles II: the Power and the Passion, palatine.  :)

BTW, did anyone else find Gristwoods Arbella just a little drab and totally dominated by the (IMO) very uninteresting Bess of Hardwick?
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Re: Books/TV/Films about the Stuarts
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2005, 02:33:00 AM »
Yes, Antonia Fraser's "The Weaker Vessel" is an excellent read. I don't know much about Pepys, Palatine, how was he a sexual predator? Is there enough interesting info about him to start a new topic? Cheers Kim.
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« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2005, 08:26:49 PM »
Margaret Irwin's novels came up on the French royals page, and I thought I would recommend them here as well.  They are a little dated - they were originally published in the 1930's- but they are well worth tracking down.

"The Stranger Prince" is about Prince Rupert.  

"The Bride" is about Louise Princess Palatine and the Marquis of Montrose.

"Royal Flush" is about Minette, the daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria.