Charles Spencer with To Catch a King: Charles II’s Escape in St Andrews

Wednesday 13th June

  • Venue The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
  • Doors open 7.40pm
  • Start time 8pm
Image of Charles Spencer with To Catch a King: Charles II’s Escape

‘Riveting…‘To Catch a King’ is as gripping as any thriller’ — Sunday Telegraph

To Catch a King is an enthralling piece of historical fact. As Charles II (son of the beheaded Charles I) is forced into hiding by the strength of Cromwell’s army, he enters a six week period where his survival relies on disguise, deception, and the dedication of his supporters. This history covers every detail of Charles’ escape, from the famous episode of his hiding in an oak tree, to witnessing joyous celebrations at his falsely reported death, via him dressing up as a milkmaid.

Charles Spencer (who has worked variously as a broadcaster, journalist and historian) follows this riveting chapter of the young king’s life in brilliant prose, and is an utterly charming speaker. We very much look forward to his illustrated talk.