The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II

The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II

by Susan Holloway Scott
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The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II by Susan Holloway Scott

Katherine Sedley lived by her own rules and loved who she pleased- until she became the infamous mistress of King James II...

London, 1675: Born to wealth and privilege, Katherine is introduced to the decadent court of King Charles II, and quickly becomes a favorite from the palace to the bawdy playhouses. She gleefully snubs respectable marriage to become the Duke of York's mistress.

But Katherine's life of carefree pleasure ends when Charles II dies, and her lover becomes King James II. Suddenly she is cast into a tangle of political intrigue, religious dissent, and ever-shifting alliances, where a wrong step can mean treason, exile, or death at the executioner's block. As the risks rise, Katherine is forced to make the most perilous of choices: to remain loyal to the king, or to England.

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ISBN-13: 9780451231154
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Holloway Scott is the author of more than forty historical novels and novellas. Writing under her own name as well as Miranda Jarrett, her bestselling books have received numerous awards and honors. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen countries around the world. Her most recent historical novels have been set in seventeenth-century England, in the decadent, politically charged court of King Charles II, and all have been Historical Novels Review Editors' Choice titles. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Katherine Sedley is the offspring of a hedonistic womanizer and an insane mother who insists she was the queen. With that type of heritage, everyone who knows of her peerage expects her to be an affluent lunatic. Unperturbed, in 1675 Katherine comes to the court of King Charles II to serve as a lady in waiting. She and Charles' younger brother James are attracted to each other and begin an affair. However, when Charles II dies, James becomes the monarch while Katherine is trapped in a web of deceit and avaricious intrigue. This is an entertaining Restoration Era biographical fiction that brings to life the courts of Charles II and James II through the latter's mistress. The support cast enhances the deep look at the Countess and the King, who come across as genuinely decadent and lewd. Sub-genre fans will enjoy this historical and should consider reading Susan Holloway Scott's similar treatment of The French Mistress of Charles II. Harriet Klausner
EVKendall More than 1 year ago
This book was definately a page turner and many nights I stayed up late reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open. The historical facts in the story were accurate enough with the story line brillantly woven in. A great read.
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emmi331 More than 1 year ago
This is yet another in S.H. Scott's excellent "mistress" series, set in Restoration England. Katherine Sedley, though not beautiful, has a sharp wit and a ready sense of humor. She catches the attention of Charles II's brother, James, and it's not long before she becomes his great love. Life in the royal court is always treacherous, but Katherine manages to hold onto her place in spite of plenty of enemies, including James's wife, Marie Beatrice. The real trouble begins when James becomes king and his Catholic sympathies bring enmity and betrayal down on both him and his beloved Katherine. Exciting, engaging reading, with Ms. Holloway's usual fine sense of a long-ago time and place.
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