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The Merry Monarch's Wife: The Story of Catherine of Braganza

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    A royal drama

    Plot and characters rival those of an excellent soap opera or drama. The characters are believable. The story draws a person into another world altogether. Jean Plaidy (Victoria Holt) has always been able to enthrall her readers with the lives of British royalty. They come across as distinctive characters with entangled lives. They are the ancient version of Hollywood but with the addition of national politics. One learns a good deal of history while enjoying a royal drama. Catherine, the subject of this story, turns out to be an amazing woman, capable of great things, extremely competent.

    Catherine is a Catholic in an England that despises Catholics. Her king and husband is not a Catholic. He is too wise to become one. He knows the English will never accept a Catholic king again after Bloody Mary. The fact that Catherine is able to survive in such an atmosphere is a feat in itself. Catherine was the daughter of Spanish royalty, and in the end she fully lives up to her heritage and returns to Spain to rule, a queen in her own right. This is a fascinating woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

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    Any fan of Jean Plaidy's historical sagas will love the Merry Monarch's Wife. It's filled with passion, romance, and betrayal. It brings to life those times of Charles the Second glorious reign and the women he loved, despite the fact he had many mistresses. Plaidy gives you an up close and personal look at the wife of a king who had to stand by and watch her husband court the many beauties at his court and was expected to stand by with a smile and pretend she's not hurt. The reader will see and feel first hand what the Merry Monarch's Queen had to deal with only a daily basises, hurt, betrayal, envy, jealously, and lossiness. If you enjoyed the previous books by this author, you're going to love this one.

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