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

by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh

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King Charles II liked sex of that there is no doubt and this book goes into detail on Charles' numerous affairs and his long list of progeny. At times portrayed as a sad sack, being taken advantage of by his numerous mistresses and courtiers

The books is termed a historical work but reads more like a sordid novel. Definitely not written in a very academic manner. But, the author does make it an easy read so if you want to know more about Charles II and his love life, this is a good read for you. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 160598969X, Hardcover)

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.

16 pages of color and B&W illustrations

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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 K‚erouaille. Some of Charles' women played their part in the affairs of state, coloring the way the nation was run. 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.… (more)

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