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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 completed, his son, Charles II, regains the throne after a long time in exile. Charles is set not just to revive the monarchy but additionally to restore a society that has suffered lower 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 existence, turning into a purchaser of the humanities and a consummate lover of ladies. He first secures a powerful dynastic alliance via marrying Catherine of Braganza, a shy, simple Portuguese princess who falls in love together 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 normally paid to seem the opposite direction. but if the politically formidable girl Castlemaine turns into too robust, she is changed by way of Louise de Kéroualle, a baby-faced French noblewoman who could have been despatched to Charles’s court docket as a undercover agent. His different nice love, and Louise’s rival, is Nell Gwyn, a level actress who rises from the streets of London to turn 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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