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Ollard, Richard Lawrence

Overview
Works: 57 works in 320 publications in 2 languages and 7,498 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Naval history  Diaries  Guidebooks  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: DE80, 910.091822
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Most widely held works by Richard Lawrence Ollard
Pepys : a biography by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

42 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By combining historical discipline with vivid recreation of period, the author has shown the different influences in Pepy's life which shaped the familiar figure of the diary
The image of the king : Charles I and Charles II by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

26 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The escape of Charles II after the battle of Worcester by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

19 editions published between 1966 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Charles's escape from the embattled city of Worcester and his flight out of England makes one of the great escape stories of history. The King had hoped to rally Royalist support for the Scots troops he brought to Worcester, but on September 3, 1651, the battle there ended in a disastrous rout of the Royalists by Cromwell's men. Charles was lucky to get out of Worcester alive, and for the next six weeks he was a hunted man, hiding in friendly houses (and once in a tree) or travelling in disguise as he made his way across England to safety in France. The King himself considered this episode the most notable of his career, and in 1680 he dictated a full and vivid account of it to Samuel Pepys. Author Richard Ollard agrees with Charles's estimation, and he shows that the King was at his best during the escape--he displayed bravery and endurance, quickness of mind and excellent judgement, as well as a remarkable ability, when necessary, to play the role of a servant or young farmer. In later years the "Merry Monarch" developed less laudable traits, but as a 21-year-old youth in 1651, Charles was an admirable and capable commander of his own destinies. From Worcester, King Charles fled north; his first thought was to get back to Scotland. But he soon realized that this route of escape was particularly perilous, and his next idea was to cross into heavily Royalist Wales. In that direction too, bridges were carefully watched, and the King decided he could only move south, to some port where he might hope to find passage abroad. Everywhere he went, the King relied on an underground network of Royalist sympathizers. In the North, these people were most often poor Catholic recusants whose houses provided "priest holes," useful too for hiding kings. As Charles moved south, his helpers also included Anglican gentry, ship captains and army officers, pastry cooks and chambermaids. More than once, Charles met Cromwellian soldiers on the road; his instinct, the correct one, was to brazen it out and ride on past. Often in such situations, it fell to the King to calm his companions' panic. His party waited all night at the Dorset shore, but the ship's captain they had engaged never appeared--the captain's wife, a staunch Presbyterian and upholder of Parliament, detected something suspicious, and simply locked her husband in his room for the night. Finally, near Brighton, Charles secured passage on the Surprise (in 1660 renamed the Royal Escape), and favorable winds carried him to France. He guarded the details of his escape for the nine years remaining before the Restoration, to protect those who had helped him, and when he returned to England he rewarded the ones who were still alive with a liberality quite uncharacteristic of the Stuarts. Ollard recounts the King's adventures with wit and elegance, and he succeeds in presenting an affable, attractive young monarch, far different from the lecherous and cynical old king of the history books. One imagines that the King would have read this book with pride--and with enjoyment as well, for the book has the suspense and humor of a good thriller. --Adapted from dust jacket
This war without an enemy : a history of the English civil wars by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

16 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical essays, 1600-1750, presented to David Ogg by H. E Bell( Book )

26 editions published between 1963 and 1964 in English and Undetermined and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarendon and his friends by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man of war: Sir Robert Holmes and the Restoration Navy by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

11 editions published between 1969 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few biographies have caught more of the spirit and color of the age of Charles II than this life of Sir Robert Holmes. Adventurous, energetic, combative and unscrupulous, Robert Holmes first attracted the attention of Prince Rupert as a young cavalry officer in the Civil War. As a Royalist exile, he accompanied the Prince first into the French service and then, in one of the strangest and most romantic episodes in naval history, on a cruise that carried the Royalist colors -- no longer flying in England -- to Portugal, the Mediterranean, West Africa and the West Indies. After the Restoration, Holmes destroyed, in perhaps the most successful single feat of arms of the century, a great part of the Dutch merchant marine at the cost of barely a dozen casualties. For thirty years he intrigued, maneuvered and quarreled with Samuel Pepys over naval matters ending with a mutual respect for their combined contributions to English naval supremacy. - Back cover
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Philip II by Fernand Braudel( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geographical, environmental, and economic study of the Mediterranean lands with emphasis on period 1550-1600 A. D
For Veronica Wedgwood these : studies in seventeenth-century history( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diaries of A.L. Rowse by A. L Rowse( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English education : a perspective of Eton by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man of contradictions : a life of A.L. Rowse by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cromwell's earl : a life of Edward Mountagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fisher & Cunningham : a study in the personalities of the Churchill era by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarendon's four portraits : George Digby, John Berkeley, Henry Jermyn, Henry Bennett, from the supplement to the Clarendon state papers vol. 3 (1786) by Edward Hyde Clarendon( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A general history of England by Alan Barker( Book )

16 editions published between 1952 and 1960 in English and German and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dorset by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

5 editions published between 1977 and 1999 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Pepys and his circle by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pepys & the development of the British Navy by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pepys and his contemporaries by Richard Lawrence Ollard( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Pepys' Diary stands with Shakespeare and the King James Bible as an indisputable treasure of English literature. As a picture of England, and especially of London, in the age of King Charles II, of Wren and Newton and Nell Gwyn, of the Plague and the Great Fire, it is a rare and honest report that charts the key events of the day. In this book, Richard Ollard introduces the man himself, his friends and acquaintances including Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, Charles II and John Evelyn who Pepys wrote about with such humour and abandon. Illustrated with painted portraits, busts, engravings, and an extract from the Diary in Pepys' original shorthand, this is a highly visual book that charts those men and women who surrounded Pepys
 
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The diaries of A.L. Rowse
Alternative Names
Ollard, R. L.

Ollard, R. L. 1923-

Ollard, R. L. (Richard Lawrence)

Ollard, Richard.

Ollard, Richard 1923-

Ollard, Richard Lawrence

Ollard, Richard Lawrence 1923-

Richard Ollard British historian and biographer

Languages
English (238)

German (1)

Covers
The image of the king : Charles I and Charles IIThe escape of Charles II after the battle of WorcesterMan of war: Sir Robert Holmes and the Restoration NavyThe Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Philip IIThe diaries of A.L. RowseA man of contradictions : a life of A.L. RowseDorsetSamuel Pepys and his circle