King Charles I.
history of the life of every individual who has, for any reason, attracted extensively the attention of
mankind, has been written in a great variety of ways by a multitude of authors, and persons sometimes wonder
why we should have so many different accounts of the same thing. The reason is, that each one of these accounts
is intended for a different set of readers, who read with ideas and purposes widely dissimilar from each other.
Among the twenty millions of people in the United States, there are perhaps two millions, between the ages of
fifteen and twenty-five, who wish to become acquainted, in general, with the leading events in the history of
the Old World, and of ancient times, but who, coming upon the stage in this land and at this period, have ideas
and conceptions so widely different from those of other nations and of other times, that a mere republication
of existing accounts is not what they require. The story must be told expressly for them. The things that are
to be explained, the points that are to be brought out, the comparative degree of prominence to be given to the
various particulars, will all be different, on account of the difference in the situation, the ideas, and the
objects of these new readers, compared with those of the various other classes of readers which former authors
have had in view. It is for this reason, and with this view, that the present series of historical narratives
is presented to the public. The author, having had some opportunity to become acquainted with the position,
the ideas, and the intellectual wants of those whom he addresses, presents the result of his labors to them,
with the hope that it may be found successful in accomplishing its design.
Charles I and Armor Bearer.
Queen Henrietta Maria.