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By Don Jordan

An clever and lively heritage of Charles II's dissolute lifestyles and marvelous legacy, by means of veteran historians.

To check with the non-public lifetime of Charles II is to abuse the adjective. His own existence was once something yet deepest. His amorous liaisons have been principally performed in royal palaces surrounded by means of acquaintances, courtiers and actually hundreds of thousands of servants and squaddies. Gossip radiated in the course of the kingdom.

Charles spent such a lot of his wealth and his mind on gaining and maintaining the corporate of ladies, from the bottom sections of society comparable to the actress Nell Gwyn to the aristocratic Louise de Kérouaille. a few of Charles' ladies performed their half within the political beliefs, coloring the way in which the country used to be run.

The authors take us inside of Charles' palace, the place we are going to meet court docket favorites, fun confidants, advisors jockeying for political energy, mistresses earlier and current in addition to key figures in his internal circle comparable to his 'pimpmasters' and his own pox doctor.

The striking inner most lifetime of Charles II unearths a lot in regards to the guy he used to be and why he lived and governed as he did. The King's mattress tells the compelling tale of a king governed by means of his passion.

sixteen pages of colour and B&W illustrations

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While Jersey celebrated the arrival of the Prince, the New Model Army advanced on Oxford. Nine days after the Prince arrived at St Helier, his father disguised himself as a servant and left the city. On 5 May, he surrendered to the Scottish army at Newark in Nottinghamshire, gambling that he could do a deal with the Scots and perhaps regain his throne with their help. The King had long been in dispute with the Scots over the imposition of bishops and Anglican liturgy on the Scottish Church. Largely due to this disagreement, the Scots sided with the forces of the New Model Army.

As early as 1662 he had recorded reckless levels of gambling with dice, with the King playing his part and women losing heavily. 16 Twenty-three years later, little had changed. Evelyn expressed his dismay: I can never forget the inexpressible profaneness and luxury, gaming and all manner of dissoluteness and as it were total forgetfulness of God (it being Sunday evening) . . the King sitting and toying with his concubines . . 17 But it would have an end – and soon enough if they all but knew it.

The woman who held that honour had rooms at the southern end of the Long Gallery, towards which the royal spaniels were leading the way. As the King made his elaborate progress, an older, more austere figure was also heading for the same suite of rooms: John Evelyn, the polymath and diarist, a man of Renaissance abilities who managed to be both a trusted ally of the King and a stern critic of his rule by the simple expedient of confiding his censures solely to his diary. Evelyn was one of the founders of the Royal Society and had made his name as a horticulturalist.

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