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The countess and the king : a novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II

Author: Susan Holloway Scott
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2010.
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"Katherine Sedley is born to wealth and privilege in seventeenth-century London, and her unconventional upbringing includes a mad mother who believes that she's the queen and a father who is one of the most notorious libertines in Restoration England. Katherine quickly becomes a favorite at the palace for her sly wit and daring, and she soon attracts the attention of the married Duke of York, His Majesty's brother.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Catherine Sedley Dorchester, Countess of; James, King of England
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Holloway Scott
ISBN: 9780451231154 0451231155
OCLC Number: 555647793
Description: 384 p. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Susan Holloway Scott.

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"Katherine Sedley is born to wealth and privilege in seventeenth-century London, and her unconventional upbringing includes a mad mother who believes that she's the queen and a father who is one of the most notorious libertines in Restoration England. Katherine quickly becomes a favorite at the palace for her sly wit and daring, and she soon attracts the attention of the married Duke of York, His Majesty's brother. She snubs respectable marriage to become the duke's mistress, but when her lover becomes King James II, she is suddenly cast into a tangle of political intrigue in which a wrong step can mean treason, exile, or death on the executioner's block. As the risks rise, Katherine is forced to make the most perilous of choices: to remain loyal to the king or to England"--Cover, p. 4.

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