Following the execution of King Charles I in 1649, his eldest son made a brave though misguided attempt to regain the throne. In 1651 his hopes were crushed at Worcester in the final conflict of the Civil War. Young Charles was forced to flee for his life. Initially the future King Charles II set out to cross the River Severn into Wales, but found his way blocked by Cromwell's patrols. He sought refuge instead at Boscobel, hiding first in a tree which is now known as The Royal Oak.The then Bishop of Llandaff describes King Charles the Second's wanderings after the Battle of Worcester “as being by far the most romantic piece of English history we possess.”
This novel is a fictional account of these fantastic adventures rooted in the actual history and related geography. As such it is equally educational and highly entertaining. The reality here presents all those features of romance which the imagination chiefly supplies.