Henry Stuart's life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale. Shadowed by the gravity of the Thirty Years' War and the huge changes taking place across Europe in 17th-century society, economy, politics and empire, his life was visually and verbally gorgeous.
Charismatic, gifted, dynamic - dead at only 18 years old, on the point of succeeding to the throne.
In 1610 Henry Stuart was a celebrity throughout Europe, at a momentous period for European history and culture. Eldest son of James VI and the epitome of heroic Renaissance princely virtue, his life was set against a period about as rich as any. The King James Bible, religious tension throughout Europe, the Gunpowder plot, Jacobean theatre and the dark tragedies pouring from Shakespeare's quill, innovation in learning and science, exploration and trade and the bloody traumas of the Thirty Years' War were his backdrop. The Prince Who Would Be King tells the life story of the prince, now completely forgotten, who might have saved us from King Charles I, his spaniels and the civil war his misrule engendered.
Praise for The Last Highlander:
"Sarah Fraser tells the story of the 'Old Fox' with notable panache.... Makes delightful bedside reading for a posterity spared from having to live with him." (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
"Superb...akin to a John Buchan adventure story." (Mail on Sunday)
"In this colourful, entertaining biography, Sarah Fraser does not attempt to excuse Lord Lovat's personal faults or political chicanery but, rather, [presents] him amply in a complex historical context." (The Times)
"Sarah Fraser deserves to be acclaimed as a notable biographer.... This is a brave and meaty book tells this remarkable tale with admirable patience, industry and understanding." (The Spectator)
"A vivid and fascinating biography of a quirky aristocrat." (Evening Standard)
"Irresistibly romantic biography." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Rich and readable.... Fraser's is a shrewd, balanced account told with a keen eye for detail." (Independent on Sunday)
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