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The Loves of Charles II

The Loves of Charles II From princesses to country girls to actresses the loves of Charles II come to life Ten years after Charles I was deposed and executed his son Charles II regains the throne after many years in exile

  • Title: The Loves of Charles II
  • Author: Jean Plaidy
  • ISBN: 9781400082483
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • From princesses to country girls to actresses the loves of Charles II come to life.Ten years after Charles I was deposed and executed, his son, Charles II, regains the throne after many years in exile Charles is determined not only to restore the monarchy but also to revive a society that has suffered under many years of Puritan rule, when everything from theater to ChrisFrom princesses to country girls to actresses the loves of Charles II come to life.Ten years after Charles I was deposed and executed, his son, Charles II, regains the throne after many years in exile Charles is determined not only to restore the monarchy but also to revive a society that has suffered under many years of Puritan rule, when everything from theater to Christmas festivals was illegal As king, Charles II throws himself into the gaiety of court life, becoming a patron of the arts and a consummate lover of women He first secures a strong dynastic alliance by marrying Catherine of Braganza, a shy, plain Portuguese princess who falls in love with her handsome husband and brings him great wealth, but can never give him the son he longs for For many years, his untitled queen is a bold and sensual older woman Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine whose husband is routinely paid to look the other way But when the politically ambitious Lady Castlemaine becomes too powerful, she is replaced by Louise de K roualle, a baby faced French noblewoman who may have been sent to Charles s court as a spy His other great love, and Louise s rival, is Nell Gwyn, a stage actress who rises from the streets of London to become the king s favorite and a hero of the working class Court intrigue and affairs of the heart weave together in this unforgettable page turner Includes The Wandering Prince, A Health Unto His Majesty, and Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord.

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    1. The Loves of Chrles II is three of Plaidy's works combined into one volume. First is The Wandering Prince, which is much less about Charles than about his sister, Henriette. It is also about his first mistress and the mother of James, Duke of Monmouth, Lucy Water. I enjoyed this story, until the end, when I felt it began to drag a bit. I would rate it 3 stars.The second book is A Health Unto His Majesty, about Charles wife, Catherine of Braganza, and his favorite mistress, Barbara Villiers. I di [...]

    2. This was my first read by Jean Plaidy. I would recommend this book to someone who likes tedious historical reads. This book is actually three books in one. 1. The Wandering Prince 2. A Health Unto His Majesty 3. Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord. Basically book 1, The Wandering Prince is the story of Charles II from his younger sister's point of view and later his wife's. In book 2, A Health Unto His Majesty, is about the life of Charles II from his own perspective. And finally, Here Lies Our Soverei [...]

    3. Not a bad read - kept me entertained on many a T ride home. Very historical. More of a history book than historical fiction. I liked reading all of the novels in one book, because the bouncing around of character points of view kept me interested. A little bland, but not bad by any means. It did prompt many a jeer on the train, however - as the book is 768 pages and mildly resembles a large phone book - so this book is not for those not equipped with a VERY large bag to carry it in. ;)

    4. I'm always a sucker for English history and I found this to be an interesting story. Not one that you hear about very often (unlike Henry VIII and his many wives). I did find her writing to be a little slow moving at first, but once I got past the first couple of chapters the story picked up speed.

    5. Maybe it's my advanced pregnancy that is making it impossible for me to focus on the story but I could not get into this book at all. I think for now I'll read something with a shorter attention span requirement.

    6. This Historical fiction book follows the life of King Charles II of England. Charles is forces through many years of Exile during the Puritan rule of Oliver Cromwell before he is able to gain the throne. Charles is a man of love and loves many.

    7. Enjoyed the 1st section which focused on Charles' little sister Henrietta, who grew up in the French court and married Louis XIV brother. 2nd section focused on Charles many affairs & Portugese wife Catherine. Not as fun. Didn't read the 3rd section.

    8. This book is in 3 parts and the stories overlap so much that I felt like I was reading the same stuff over and over again. Irritating.

    9. I wanted to know more about the Stuarts even if it was fiction and this book of 3 novels was a perfect beginning.

    10. My favorite swarthy king. I read these stories, there are 3 in this compilation, many years ago and have re-read them several times. I just fell in love with this era, this man, and his world.

    11. This has got to be my FAVORITE historical fiction! Charles II was quite a playboy and juggled many women at a time-and he could because he was king! Well written-couldnt put it down!

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