In Royal Company

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

As a child, I listened entranced to a radio serialisation of David Scott Daniell’s historical novel Hunt Royal. Both the story and the accompanying music by Purcell were thrilling. This tale of Charles II’s escape after the Battle of Worcester, related by the king himself to his wife and courtiers, was full of romance and […]

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Right Royal Revenge

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

In June 1660, John Hutchinson, one of the Parliamentary army’s ‘flinty colonels’, faced mortal danger. As his signature was on the death warrant of Charles I, he was now looking at the prospect of being hanged, drawn and quartered. Happily for him his wife, Lucy, a Latin scholar and translator of Lucretius, one of a […]

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