Format Hardcover
Publication Date 03/07/16
ISBN 9781605989693
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.3 in / 368

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The King's Bed

Ambition and Intimacy in the Court of Charles II

Don Jordan Michael Walsh

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.

Don Jordan has twice won a Blue Ribbon Award at the New York Film and Television Festival and has written four books with Michael Walsh. He lives in London.

Michael Walsh has won a Royal Television Society Award. Together with Don Jordan he has written four books, including White Cargo, acclaimed by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as an "extraordinary book." He lives in London.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“An entertaining history of the antics of the libidinous King Charles II and his licentious court. Tells you everything you need to know about 17th-century sex.” Sebastian Shakespeare Tatler
“The authors make excellent use of a great wealth of resources. The authors' easy, readable style makes this a solid biography of Charles II, full of sturdy history and enough salacious information to keep it interesting.” Kirkus Reviews
“Well-researched. Those interested in royal history and scandals will delight in the stories and characters contained within these pages.” Library Journal
“A balanced narrative. Jordan and Walsh excel in describing the king’s unusual willingness to claim and promote many of his illegitimate children. Authentic insight on how salacious sex and the pursuit of pleasure ruled a troubled king.” Publishers Weekly