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The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover

by Simon Parke

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover

A captivating and fascinating novel, where fact blends seamlessly with fiction, set from 1647-1649 during the final months of Charles I. These years are one of the most intriguing periods in the history of Great Britain, and this novel takes you into the hearts and minds of Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Robert Hammond, and Jane Whorwood. While the men are undeniably at the forefront, it is the women who truly brought this novel to life for me, the spy and lover Jane Whorwood, Cromwell’s wife Elizabeth, and Hammond’s mother add texture and create colour. Simon Parke has created living, breathing, fallible people and I walked among them, listening, learning, evaluating, I was left wanting to know more. ‘The Solider, the Gaoler, The Spy and her Lover’ is such a worthy and absorbing read, as the axe falls, history hovers in touching distance. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'November 1647, and Jane Whorwood, as vivacious as her fiery hair suggests, hastens undercover through the London crowd to consult an astrologer on how to safeguard her lover, Charles 1 . . . Currently holed up (in some comfort) in Hampton Court, she wonders if the stars suggest a better home for the king? Robert Hammond, his majesty’s reluctant gaoler, might have wished she hadn’t bothered, and as for the deeply depressed Oliver Cromwell . . .

Having had the pleasure of working with Simon for twenty years, I’ve never felt more enthralled by his psychological insight or enchanted by his easy, natural way with humour. This story of the months leading up to the death of a monarch – utterly improbable but largely true – is no less than a masterpiece.'

Alison Barr, Publisher, Marylebone House

Click here to read a Q&A with Simon Parke about this book.

Liz Robinson

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover Synopsis

January 30th 1649. England is not a country that wishes to execute its divinely-appointed king. Yet Charles 1 finds himself shivering on a scaffold in Whitehall, with the axe man by his side ...

In this brilliantly atmospheric novel, Simon Parke explores one of the most gripping tales in English history by weaving together four coinciding stories, those of Charles, including his extraordinary year-long imprisonment on the Isle of Wight ...Robert Hammond, the poor man who found himself the king's gaoler ...Charles' remarkable mistress (written out of the records) the super-spy Jane Whorwood ...and of course, the brilliant and depressed Oliver Cromwell working through his own demons of religion, politics, love and death.

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ISBN: 9781910674468
Publication date: 16/02/2017
Publisher: Marylebone House an imprint of SPCK Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910674468
Publication date: 16th February 2017
Author: Simon Parke
Publisher: Marylebone House an imprint of SPCK Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Simon Parke

Simon Parke has been a script writer for Spitting Image, a Sony award-winning radio writer and a weekly columnist for the Daily Mail. An Oxford graduate in history and a former priest in the Church of England, he is now CEO of the Mind Clinic and author of many books including the Abbot Peter murder mysteries, set in Seaford on the Sussex coast, where Simon now lives with the seagulls and his running shoes.

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