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Mistresses : sex and scandal at the court of Charles II
Mistresses : sex and scandal at the court of Charles II
Porter, Linda2020
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According to the great diarist, John Evelyn, Charles II was addicted to women, and throughout his long reign a great many succumbed to his charms. Clever, urbane and handsome, Charles presided over a hedonistic court in which licence and licentiousness prevailed. Mistresses is the story of the women who shared Charles' bed, each of whom wielded influence on both the politics and cultural life of the country. From the young king in exile's first mistress and mother to his first child, Lucy Walter, to the promiscuous and ill-tempered courtier, Barbara Villiers. From Frances Teresa Stuart, 'the prettiest girl in the world' to history's most famous orange-seller, 'pretty, witty' Nell Gwynn and her fellow-actress, Moll Davis, who bore the last of the kings fifteen illegitimate children. From Louise de Kéroualle, the French aristocrat - and spy for Louis XIV - to the sexually ambiguous Hortense Mancini. Here, too, is the forlorn and humiliated Queen Catherine, the Portuguese princess who was Charles' childless queen. Drawing on a wide variety of original sources, including material in private archives, Linda Porter paints a vivid picture of these women and of Restoration England, an era that was both glamorous and sordid.
Imprint:
London : Picador, 2020.
Collation:
xi, 286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations (chiefly colour), colour portraits (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781509877058
Dewey class:
941.06609252941.066
Language:
English
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Brighton LibraryBiography941.066 CHAAvailable
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