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  • Location: England, Worcester

Traitor’s Knot

Traitor’s Knot

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1650: Can love unit what war divides?

  • ISBN: 978-1521391556
  • Genre: Historical, Inspired by true events, Romance

What you need to know before your trail

Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace in the year since Parliament executed King Charles I. Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman. Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with the dashing Hart. The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself. Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War

Travel Guide

The escape of Charles II

The escape of Charles II following the loss at Worcester in 1651 is one of the best-documented drama of the 17th century. For the sake of this story the author comments, she has only featured “the key dramatic events  and did not include everyone connected to the escape. “those familiar with the history”

King Charles House pub

Late on 3 September 1651, Charles headed back to his lodgings (now the King Charles public house) and escaped by the back door as Parliamentary forces arrived.


It was suggested to Charles that Boscobel House would be a safe place of refuge. Shropshire remained a Catholic stronghold with many hiding places. The owner of Boscobel, Charles Giffard suggested another house, White Ladies Priory, as being safer than Boscobel.


Charles was hidden in the priest-hole on the afternoon of 8 September while a confrontation between Whitgreave and parliamentarians took place outside the Hall. You can see the bed he rested on in the hall. He stayed for two days days then left, having planned out the rest of his escape

Streetview Maps

A) Worcester - King Charles House pub -his Lodgings
B) Shropshire - Boscobol house King Charles II hid here

Trail Gallery

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Traitor’s Knot

Destination : England Author/Guide: Cryssa Bazos  Departure Time: 1650s

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