““Leanda de Lisle has the gift of reminding us that history is the story of real people; real men, real women, full of rage and ambition and lust and hope and love. Wonderful, passionate, dangerous, fascinating stuff. ”
Upcoming talks about Charles I include: in conversation 6th May at Chiddingstone Castle, Kent (I will be wearing a ring containing the hair of Charles I's daughter Elizabeth, to discuss women in the civil war); 30 June, Chalke Valley History Festival; I July, the Hay Barn, Bosworth Battlefield; 3rd October, Warwick Words, Warwick. I will also be at the Edinburgh and Althorp book festivals: dates to be confirmed.
Dan Snow interviews me about Charles I and why he was not a useless king, on the History Hit podcast. https://www.acast.com/dansnowshistoryhit/charlesireconsidered-leandadelisle
To celebrate the royal wedding on May 19th this month my free '10 minute Tudors' podcast discusses Megan Markle, Queen Henrietta Maria and the role of royal consort - available on soundcloud on this website, or on iTunes.
The latest BBC History Magazine Collectors Edition on the Civil War features my article on Charles I, the king behind the myths.
Latest Reviews for White King
The Spectator 'the most gripping revisionist history I have read in a long time'.
The Observer 'well researched and beautifully written..probably the defintive modern work on Charles I'.
The Telegraph 'Riveting'
The Financial Times 'her depiction of Charles's queen is a revelation.. a page turning history that asks provocative questions about a period on which our opinions have been all too fixed'.
The Times (Book of the Week) 'timely.. formidable research allied to a lively narrative'
Mail on Sunday (Dan Jones) 'both biography and subject deserve our fullest attention'.
The Express 'impeccably research and thought provoking..It revives one of this country's greatest stories: a blinkered king .a warrior queen... and scandals caused by money, sex, espionage and power'.
Country Life ' a grand tragedy..related with searing pathos'.
The drama of the Tudor age did not end with the death of Elizabeth I, but in the reign of the White King it will find resolution...