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Author Jordan, Don, 1948- author.

Title King's bed : sex and power in the court of Charles II / Don Jordan & Michael Walsh

Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2016
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Description 354 pages , 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-335) and index
Contents The last soiree -- The making of a prince -- Exile and first love -- The fugitive -- The life of an exiled king -- Restoration -- The bride's price -- The dissolute court -- Married life -- Illness, plague and fire -- Rivalry and betrayal -- Entrances and exits -- Theatrical acts -- A secret pact -- The french rival -- A spy in the bed -- A sensational encounter with the past -- Plots and alarms -- Death of the king.
Summary "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." -- from inside front cover
Subject Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685.
Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685 -- Relations with women.
Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Charles II, 1660-1685.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Added Author Walsh, Michael, author.
ISBN 9781605989693
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