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The royal whore, Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine Hardcover – 1970

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Co; 1st edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801955254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801955259
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,216,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James R. Anderson on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Decades ago Kathleen Winsor wrote a best-seller about the court of King Charles II
of England. It was called "Forever Amber" and gave a fictional version of bawdy
excess at the palace. Critic James Agee, writing about the king's fictional mistress, called
it the story of a slut's progress. "The Royal Whore" by the deft and witty writer
Allen Andrews reveals the truth and nothing but. And the truth is beyond the
imagination of Ms. Winsor. Here's the story of Barbara Villiers Castlemaine who
had political power, a staggering income, lovers coming and going and then coming
again, along with seven of Charles' bastard children. She started her upwardly mobile
career at the ripe age of 16. Lord Chesterfield made her List; she even squeezed in a
husband, Roger Palmer -- occasionally. Milady romps in many beds; she won't deny herself
a tumble with playwright William Wycherley. The King has, among others, the actress Nell Gwyn.
This terrific historical (social) comedy also touches on the Plague, poisonings, political
intrigues and wars, but it's the outrageous sexual appetites of aristos greedily gulping
away in the mid-1600s that leave a vivid impression. Most Londoners knew and most didn't
give a damn. Everyone knew how to lie back -- and enjoy it.
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