Synopses & Reviews
In this balanced narrative Jordan and Walsh (White Cargo) contextualize the reign of Charles II (1630–1685) in light of his numerous mistresses arguing that his aversion to conflict allowed them to influence policy helped bankrupt the country and nearly resulted in subjugation to France’s Louis XIV. The restoration of the “Merry Monarch” ushered in a frivolous sex saturated court led 17th century sexual revolution that shocked many but also reassured a country that was weary of religious stridency after the execution of the king’s Catholic father and Charles’s own exile during the Commonwealth. Solid research and wry observations neatly augment the chronological narrative although the unflattering and simplistic description of actress Moll Davis suffers from too much reliance on one source (Samuel Pepys an ardent admirer of her rival Barbara Palmer). Jordan and Walsh also struggle with miscarriage and stillbirth terminology in their discussion of the infertile queen but excel in describing the king’s unusual willingness to claim and promote many of his illegitimate children. With the fully developed fleshing out of Charles and four of his primary mistresses the authors provide authentic insight on how salacious sex and the pursuit of pleasure ruled a troubled king. Illus. Agent: George Lucas Inkwell Management. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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
"Don Jordan and Michael Walsh share an unerring nose for a good subject. These romps through Charless bed-chamber are wonderfully lively. Narrating a libertines life with a gusto tempered by sound common sense, they have produced a book that is as pleasantly addictive as might be suggested by its racy title." Tatler
"While showing that never again would an English royal court reverberate with such fun and vigor, so much youthful swagger and sexuality, the book makes clear that Charless sex addiction had its darker side." Sunday Times (London)
"In a tone of bravado in keeping with their concept of their subjects character, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh have written a swashbuckling life of Charles II. The authors have a keen eye for memorable anecdotes that consistently hold the readers attention." The Mail on Sunday
An intelligent and spirited history of Charles II's dissolute life and surprising legacy, by two veteran historians.
About the Author
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. This is their first book to be published in America. Don 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." This is their first book to be published in American. He lives in London.