Cornish farmer Joseph Moyle's loyalty to the crown goes well rewarded - his stepson Ralf is appointed page to the future Charles II. And when Ralf takes up his post, Britain is in the midst of its most tumultuous period ever - the war between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians and the dawning of an entirely new era...Ralf's duties oblige him to follow the heir to the throne through the western counties, where he experiences not only court intrigue and the constant threat of Cromwell's armies, but also romance.
As Charles begins the first of many affairs, Ralf also falls in love. But this first love is a dangerous one. Brighid is an Irish Catholic and complicit in an attempt to kidnap Charles - a fact that Ralf discovers when he foils the plot...
This book proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable listen, great for many age groups. I found the narrator who suited for the book and easy to follow. Those who enjoy the narration of Simon Vance and similar narrators should also enjoy this narrator's performance.
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It made a good start, by placing the main character, Ralf, as a page to Prince Charles, son of Charles I. This enables the listener to view the English Civil War from the view of a fairly ordinary person. Sadly though, there was bias in favour of the royalists. The story reveals the military background of E.V Thompson as he went into great detail over the some of the battles. For anyone more interested in the social side of the period, the story came into its own when Ralf returned to work on his deceased stepfather's farm, as a labourer, to the new owner. I enjoyed the book after that, despite the lack of balance in the historical detail.