SCANDALOUS LIAISONS: Charles II and His Court


SCANDALOUS LIAISONS: Charles II and His Court

R. E. PRITCHARD    Book Number: 85764    Product format: Hardback

An insight into the most hedonistic court in English history, the context is Restoration Libertinism and political events such as Charles II's secret deals with Louis XIV, the wars with the Dutch, court political intrigues and popular anti-Catholic feeling. The book tells the story of the loose-living court of Charles II from his youthful years and mistresses in France, to his tempestuous relationship with the hot-tempered, sexually and financially voracious Barbara Villiers. Of his mistresses, everybody's favourite was the perky Cockney actress Nell Gwyn. Nell and the French aristocrat and not-so-very secret agent Louise de Keroualle were the two women he would remember on his deathbed. The court, a world of extravagant displays of wealth, was also a sexual merry-go-round of flirtation, cuckoldry and betrayals, occasional unwanted pregnancies, and fierce duels, as ordinary people looked on, fascinated and appalled. Filled with flamboyant men and women and astonishing incidents, the book draws on the diaries and memoirs from Pepys and the French Comte de Gramont, letters, gossip, biting satires and bawdy lampoons directed at everyone from bishops to promiscuous court beauties and poxed swaggerers. Chapters include Buckingham, La Belle Stuart (golden haired 15 year old Frances Teresa Stuart), and The New Pretender Mazarin (flamboyant, sexually adventurous Duchess). 288pp, 15 photos including beautiful colour portraits of the notorious seducer John Wilmot Earl of Rochester, the Countess of Oxford, and Aphra Behn, the first woman professional writer, and a reclining, naked Eleanor Gwyn, 'the Protestant whore'.
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ISBN 9781445648781
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