The King's Bed: Ambition and Intimacy in the Court of Charles II

The King's Bed: Ambition and Intimacy in the Court of Charles II

by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh

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Overview

An intelligent and spirited history of Charles II's dissolute life and surprising legacy, by two veteran historians.To refer to the private life of Charles II is to abuse the adjective. His personal life was anything but private. His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers and literally hundreds of servants and soldiers. Gossip radiated throughout the kingdom.Charles spent most of his wealth and his intellect on gaining and keeping the company of women, from the lowest sections of society such as the actress Nell Gwyn to the aristocratic Louise de Kérouaille. Some of Charles' women played their part in the affairs of state, coloring the way the nation was run.The authors take us inside Charles' palace, where we will meet court favorites, amusing confidants, advisors jockeying for political power, mistresses past and present as well as key figures in his inner circle such as his 'pimpmasters' and his personal pox doctor.The astonishing private life of Charles II reveals much about the man he was and why he lived and ruled as he did. The King's Bed tells the compelling story of a king ruled by his passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605989693
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,200,060
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Don Jordan has twice won a Blue Ribbon Award at the New York Film and Television Festival and has written four books with Michael Walsh. He lives in London.

Michael Walshhas won a Royal Television Society Award. Together with Don Jordan he has written four books, includingWhite Cargo, acclaimed by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as an "extraordinary book." He lives in London

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Edition 1

1 The Last Soirée 5

2 The Making of a Prince 13

3 Exile and First Love 28

4 The Fugitive 44

5 The Life of an Exiled King 57

6 Restoration 70

7 The Bride's Price 88

8 The Dissolute Court 107

9 Married Life 120

10 Illness, Plague and Fire 134

11 Rivalry and Betrayal 147

12 Entrances and Exits 158

13 Theatrical Rivals 174

14 A Secret Pact 195

15 The French Rival 206

16 A Spy in the Bed 219

17 A Sensational Encounter with the Past 235

18 Plots and Alarms 250

19 Death of the King 276

Postscript: The King's Descendants and their Legacy 291

Appendix: Some Aspects of Sex in the Seventeenth Century 303

List of Major Characters 309

Notes 315

Acknowledgements 329

Select Bibliography 331

Index 337

About the Authors 357

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