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All The King's Women

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All The King's Women


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All The King's Women by Derek Wilson
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An excellent prince, doubtless, had he been less addicted to women .. those wicked creatures took him from all application becoming so great a king.' John Evelyn The image of Charles II as a randy monarch who dragged the crown through the moral mire and irredeemable weakened ots position has persisted throughout the three centuries since John Evelyn gave his judgement. hat judgement, Derek Wilson argues, is OK as far it goes. The Restoration court did set an example of cynical libertinism that provoked opposition not only from outraged preacher, but also satirical journalists and angry mobs who pelted royal mistresses and burned down brothels. But Charles' bedroom antics are symptoms and not causes of social decadence. Why did Pepys complain 'there is nothing almost but bawdry at court from top to bottom' or Bishop Burnet observe that throughout the three kingdoms people were 'throwing of the very professions of virtue and piety'? he answers must be sought in the traumatic upheaval of the Civil War and its aftermath in the life of Charles Stuart and his people. In a society that was shaken loose by violent conflict the position of women changed radically. Many experienced anew

Author Biography

Derek Wilson graduated from Cambridge in 1961, and spent several years travelling and teaching in Africa before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster in 1971. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed books and has scripted and presented numerous radio and TV programmes. More details can be found on his website-
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June 3rd, 2004
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United Kingdom
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