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Royal survivor : a life of Charles II

Author: Stephen Coote
Publisher: New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In a narrative that takes the reader from palaces and battlefields through exile, bitterness, triumph and deceit, biographer Stephen Coote strips away the sentiment that has clouded Charles's "merry monarch" image. He reveals Charles as an altogether more fascinating, brave and dangerous man--a gambler, a rogue, a survivor. Born into the opulent court of the early Stuarts, the boy Charles had wealth and security  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Charles, King of England; Charles, King of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Coote
ISBN: 0312238339 9780312238339
OCLC Number: 46638738
Notes: Originally published: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1999.
Description: xiii, 396 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The black boy --
The end of peace --
The prince in France and Holland --
The treaty of Breda --
A fading crown --
The fugitive --
Exile in France --
The wanderer --
A king! a king! --
The promised land --
The horsemen of the apocalypse --
The grand design --
The king at play --
The tightening net --
Politics and parties --
The Popish conspirators --
The years of personal rule.
Responsibility: Stephen Coote.

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In a narrative that takes the reader from palaces and battlefields through exile, bitterness, triumph and deceit, biographer Stephen Coote strips away the sentiment that has clouded Charles's "merry monarch" image. He reveals Charles as an altogether more fascinating, brave and dangerous man--a gambler, a rogue, a survivor. Born into the opulent court of the early Stuarts, the boy Charles had wealth and security taken from him as he was plunged into the agonies of the Civil War. After the defeat of his family, he learned the hard lessons of exile. Charles, determined to regain the throne that was rightfully his, led a Scottish army into England but was defeated at the Battle of Worcester. Then followed his escape: the King of England, disguised as an ordinary man, fled for his life. Years of poverty and homelessness ensued, and when a chain of unforeseen events restored him to the throne in 1660, Charles had become a tough and cynical survivor. Stephen Coote depicts the twists and turns of Restoration public life, weaving these together with the major events of the day, including the Plague and the Fire of London. He takes us behind the scenes of Charles's private life to meet the many mistresses: the lustful and ambitious Lady Castlemaine, the beautiful but rapacious Lady Portsmouth, the gloriously streetwise Nell Gwyn and the exotic Hortense Mancini. Coote offers an account of a nation growing ever more hysterical as fears of absolute monarchy and Roman Catholic influence gripped the land and climaxed in the Popish Plot. --From publisher's description.

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