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Charles I: King and Collector - Exhibition Review

Charles I is having a moment. With the current exhibition Charles I: King and Collector running at the Royal Academy in London coupled with Leanda de Lisles’ new book White King – Charles I – Traitor, Murderer, Martyr a much overdue reappraisal of one of most maligned monarchs is now underway.

It’s quite hard now to picture the world in which Charles I and his court lived. Tiny fragments survive in London such as the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the Queen’s House at Greenwich, the Water Gate to York House on the Embankment and, further afield, at Lodge Park in Gloucestershire and the Double Cube Room by Inigo Jones at Wilton House in Wiltshire.