By Jean Plaidy
From princesses to kingdom ladies to actresses…the loves of Charles II come to life.
Ten years after Charles i used to be deposed and done, his son, Charles II, regains the throne after a long time in exile. Charles is decided not just to revive the monarchy but in addition to restore a society that has suffered less than a long time of Puritan rule, whilst every little thing from theater to Christmas fairs was once unlawful. As king, Charles II throws himself into the gaiety of courtroom lifestyles, changing into a customer of the humanities and a consummate lover of ladies. He first secures a robust dynastic alliance via marrying Catherine of Braganza, a shy, simple Portuguese princess who falls in love along with her good-looking husband and brings him nice wealth, yet can by no means provide him the son he longs for. for a few years, his “untitled queen” is a daring and sensual older woman—Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine—whose husband is generally paid to appear the wrong way. but if the politically bold girl Castlemaine turns into too strong, she is changed via Louise de Kéroualle, a baby-faced French noblewoman who can have been despatched to Charles’s courtroom as a secret agent. His different nice love, and Louise’s rival, is Nell Gwyn, a degree actress who rises from the streets of London to develop into the king’s favourite and a hero of the operating classification.
Court intrigue and affairs of the guts weave jointly during this unforgettable page-turner.
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So he is! ” The rest of the people went on talking about the war; they were sighing for the good old days of peace and blaming “The French Woman” for all their troubles. There was one large man with short hair who had taken upon himself the task of mentor to the rest. He was explaining to the company why it had been necessary to wage war against the Royalists. His knowledge of affairs was imperfect, but those present who might have corrected him dared not do so. “The Queen would make us all Catholic if she could,” he was declaring.
And I want a room … the best room you have …” The innkeeper was bustling into the yard; they could hear the rise and fall of his voice as he obsequiously placated the newcomer. “Come along,” said the hunchback; and they went into a small room where a meal of duck and boar was laid out for them, with ale to drink. The child awakened and sleepily partook of the meal. They spoke little while they ate, and before the others had finished—as the child had fallen asleep again—the hunchback said she would go up to the attic room with him and there she would stay till morning; for the two of them must not be separated.
Here’s sensible people,” she was grumbling, “taking a rest by the roadside. ” “Now come along, Kitty,” said the man. ” The fat woman was smiling as she plumped herself down on the bank, and her husband had no choice but to do the same, for it was too hot to stand and argue. “God be with you,” said the fat woman. “God be with you,” murmured Tom and his companions, but they did not look at the newcomers; they kept their eyes fixed on the opposite bank. Unlike the fat woman they did not wish for roadside chatter; but the fat woman was one who usually achieved that which she desired.
The Loves of Charles II by Jean Plaidy