The French wife and muse of Charles I was central to the narrative of the English Civil War and the Stuart Restoration. Henrietta Maria was an exceptionally courageous and spirited woman and a misunderstood Queen of England
Dominic Pearce studied Classics at New College, Oxford, before pursuing a career in financial analysis, which took him to Japan, Spain and Austria - countries where the modern world succeeds a rich historic tradition. Since then he has undertaken historical and cultural research on the seventeenth century in particular, and also on the practice of art. He has published a study of drawing in collaboration with Francis Hoyland called Greek Light. Henrietta Maria is his first biography. He lives in London.