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In this vivid portrait of Katherine Sedley, mistress of King James II, Scott (The French Mistress) unravels the intricate web of court intrigues that has long fascinated historical romance enthusiasts. Supposedly plain yet intelligent and seductively charming, Katherine grows up amid wealth, indulged by Sir Charles Sedley, her libertine father. Attracted to James, the married duke of York, Katherine embarks on an illicit relationship that continues after Charles dies and James becomes king, though he eventually feels compelled to end their scandalous relationship, which has produced a son who died in infancy and a daughter. Katherine is a strong protagonist--well-realized and confident in her flouting of convention--and provides a stellar centerpiece to Scott's fast-moving tale about the challenging world of kings, queens, and mistresses caught in a time of sharp political, and religious upheaval.
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ISBN-10:  0451231155
ISBN-13:  978-0451231154
Author:  Susan Holloway Scott
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  NAL Trade
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review by . September 07, 2010
Pity the fate of the plain woman in the Restoration Court of Charles II. Fortunately for Katherine Sedley, only child of a wealthy family, such worries are premature. Attended by "Romish" priests, Katherine's mad mother is scuttled off to a convent, leaving the child's father, Charles Sedley, to frolic at will with his libertine friends, King Charles, the Dukes of Dorchester and Buckingham- and his ten-year-old daughter, who cuts her teeth on the bawdy discourse of plays and the ribald humor of …
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