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Historian & Sunday Times bestselling author.

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To Catch A King: Charles II's Great Escape (2018):

"Authoritative narrative history with the pace of a Jason Bourne film" Books of the Year, Evening Standard

"A truly thrilling tale which Spencer, a natural storyteller, delivers with erudition and wit … an exhilarating read" Daily Telegraph

"A book of quite extraordinary period atmosphere, the most diligent research and an appropriately cracking pace" Sunday Express

"It's a wonderful tale, and Spencer tells it with journalistic flair" The Times

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

Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I (2014:


"This is a pacy, well-researched and beautifully written story of intrigue, betrayal and Realpolitik, but above all cold-blooded institutionalized revenge on a massive international scale.” ―Andrew Roberts, author of NAPOLEON AND WELLINGTON

"Accomplished and gruesome, this masterful account of the fate of the regicides breaks all barriers in weaving the lives--and the grim fates--of many into a seamless, pacy and riveting read, underpinned by the depth of scholarship for which Charles Spencer is renowned.” ―Alison Weir, author of HENRY VIII: THE KING AND HIS COURT

"Imagine The Odessa File re-shaped to the contours of the 17th century, and you will have some idea of the pleasure to be had in reading Killers Of The King. The virtues of a thriller and of scholarship are potently combined.” ―Tom Holland, author of RUBICON: THE LAST YEARS OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC

"In fluent, measured, often witty prose, Killers of the King brilliantly evokes that febrile time when the hunters became the hunted and vengeance was avenged. Like all the best history books, it succeeds not only in telling a remarkable story, but also in illuminating the entire age.” ―Jessie Childs, author of GOD'S TRAITORS: TERRORS AND FAITH IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND


Prince Rupert – The Last Cavalier (2007):


"Rupert of the Rhine proves a beguiling figure in this lively and detailed biography" ―OBSERVER

"An enjoyable life of one of the most alluring of Cavaliers" ―CONTEMPORARY REVIEW

"Well worth a read" ―YORK PRESS

Blenheim, Battle for Europe: How two men stopped the French conquest of Europe (2004):

This book was a Sunday Times best-seller, and was shortlisted for "History Book of the Year" at the 2005 National Book Awards.


The Spencers: a Personal History of an English Family (2000): 

“Spencer's narrative tone, consistently intimate and sincere, helps provide the cohesive structure such a project so badly needs. The frequent referencing of letters and diaries available to the author also lends a legitimacy to his conclusions, usefully highlighting and emphasizing his points. Well-written and satisfying-to Anglophiles in general, and particularly to the royalty-obsessed.' Kirkus Reviews

Althorp: the Story of an English House (1998):

"Like all good introductions, this book suggests a world and time far exceeding its little compass."  Simon Ings






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