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Sir Henry Lee
Sir Henry Lee, a Royalist forced by the soldiers of Cromwell to move from the royal lodge, Woodstock, with his daughter. After they move back to the lodge, he helps to hide Prince Charles until the young prince can make his escape from England. Finally, as an old man, he lives just long enough to see the prince crowned as King Charles II.
Alice Lee, the daughter of Sir Henry, in love with Markham Everard, Sir Henry’s nephew. Her father will not allow the marriage because Everard is a Puritan. Because of her love for Everard, she spurns Charles’s advances when he stays at the lodge disguised as a page. When Charles escapes, he asks Sir Henry to withdraw his objections to her marriage to Everard.
Albert Lee, Sir Henry’s son. He helps to keep Charles hidden and makes arrangements for his escape. He disguises himself as the prince and decoys Cromwell’s soldiers while Charles escapes. When Albert is captured, Cromwell sentences him to death, but Cromwell later relents and changes the sentence to banishment. Albert finally is killed in battle.
Colonel Markham Everard
Colonel Markham Everard, Sir Henry’s nephew and a Puritan. In spite of his beliefs, he refuses to betray Charles and even helps him to escape. He is in love with and marries Alice.
Roger Wildrake, Everard’s friend and a Royalist. He also refuses to betray the king and sends a message to Woodstock warning that Cromwell is coming.
Joceline Joliffe, the lodgekeeper at Woodstock. He is a Royalist, and he kills the Roundhead steward Tomkins for making advances to Phoebe Mayflower, the woman Joliffe loves. He finally marries Phoebe.
Louis Kerneguy, a churlish and mischievous young page, really Prince Charles Stuart in disguise. He has been rescued from the Puritans and is in hiding until he can get out of the country. He cannot understand why his advances to Alice are repulsed, and he readily accepts Everard’s challenge to a duel. He finally returns to England, after many years, and is crowned king.
Joseph Tomkins, a steward for the Puritans, killed by Joliffe.
Dr. Anthony Rochecliffe
Dr. Anthony Rochecliffe, the Royalist chaplain of Woodstock who helps to rescue Charles from the Puritans.
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, who is pursuing and trying to capture Charles before he can leave the country.
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