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Rebellion, persecution and injustice in Restoration England are the themes of this colourful and passionate book about the last woman to be beheaded in England. Lady Alice Lisle was the last remaining link with the hated regicides, the men who signed Charles I's death warrant, and when she gave shelter to a clergyman who had been involved in the popular uprising known as Monmouth's Rebellion, Judge Jeffreys, the 'Hanging Judge', showed no mercy. "The Regicide's Widow" recreates a disturbing period of British history through the characters of Lady Alice Lisle and Judge Jeffreys, a period when fairness, justice and truth were cast aside in the interests of political power and conformity. It is a truly Machiavellian story of statecraft, with government and judiciary involved in a ruthless display of might. In the end this display worked against them, for while it did not lead to direct revolt, the effects were so harsh and memories so vivid that the people of the West were among the most energetic supporters of the Glorious Revolution which three years after the Bloody Assize brought James' rule to an end.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750944342
ISBN-10: 075094434X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Anthony Whitaker

Antony Whitaker OBE is a barrister and was for many years legal manager of Times Newspapers Ltd. He has written extensively for The Times and the Sunday Times and lives in East Sussex.