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People/Characters: Barbara Palmer, duchess of Cleveland

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All the King's Women by Derek Wilson
Barbara Villiers: A History of Monetary Crimes by Alexander Del Mar
Elizabeth's Spymaster: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War That Saved England by Robert Hutchinson
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
A Gambling Man: Charles II's Restoration Game by Jenny Uglow
The illustrious lady : a biography of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland by Elizabeth Hamilton
King Charles II by Antonia Fraser
Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day by Anne Somerset
Ladies of the Bedchamber: The Role of the Royal Mistress by Dennis Friedman
Lord Churchill's Coup: The Anglo-American Empire and the Glorious Revolution Reconsidered by Stephen Saunders Webb
The Loves of Charles II (The Wandering Prince / A Health Unto His Majesty / Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord ) by Jean Plaidy
The mistresses of Charles II by Brian Masters
Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II by Catherine MacLeod
The Pirate and the Pagan by Virginia Henley
A Profane Wit: The Life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester by James William Johnson
Restoration London: Everyday Life in London 1660-1670 by Liza Picard
Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott
Royal Mistresses by Charles Carlton
Royal Survivor: The Life of Charles II by Stephen Coote
The royal whore, Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine by Allen Andrews

Character description

Barbara Palmer (1641-1709) was a famously extravagant and promiscuous lover of King Charles II of England. Born Barbara Villiers, she married Roger Palmer, and soon afterwards met the young king while he was in exile. She returned to London with him on his Restoration. The king created Barbara's husband Earl of Castlemaine (she is often known as Lady Castlemaine). Later he made her Duchess of Cleveland in her own right.

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