Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier

Richard Wilkinson, our regular reviewer, has been reading books on the early modern and modern periods.

Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier
Charles Spencer
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007
369 pages, £20.00
ISBN 978 0 297 84610 9

Charles Spencer, who is an expert on loyalty, admires Prince Rupert for his devotion to his king, his relations, his men and his religion. In this well researched and competently written biography he shows how Rupert remained loyal to Charles I, despite some unfair treatment along the way, loyal to his extravagant mother and selfish older brother, loyal to his undisciplined and wayward men and loyal to his Calvinism, despite the inducements from the later Stuarts to turn to Rome. His greatest expression of loyalty was prompted by the death at sea of his beloved younger brother, Prince Maurice.

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