March 9, 2010 § 2 Comments
Charles’s nephew Rupert, only twenty-three years old when he joined his uncle’s army, not only had real experience on the battlefield (Germany), he was also a savvy military strategist, neither of which characteristics endeared him much to the older Royalist commanders, especially when his leadership of the cavalry was instrumental in the Royalist (sort of) victory in the Battle of Edgehill, first major battle of the civil wars. He was bold, some say reckless, some say full of himself, but at any rate he was a figure of romantic derring-do and a rallying force. As you might imagine, he figured prominently in both Royalist and Parliamentarian propaganda. Charles snubbed him after Naseby, the battle that spelled the end to Royalist hopes for victory. Rupert was more than a pretty face, too. A scientist, he was one of the charter members of the Royal Society. George Clooney-like, he never married, and his mistress was an actress. Figures.