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Charles II
Author: Clare Jackson

ISBN: 9780141979762
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 12.0 x 1.5
Description:
Remembered as one of Britain's most charismatic, affable and instantly recognisable monarchs, Charles II embodies all the luxury, theatricality, excess and raciness of the Restoration.

Yet, as Clare Jackson's gloriously enjoyable and perceptive biography shows, his father's execution and his own years of exile following the Civil War made Charles a guarded, curious and unusually self-aware ruler, acutely sensitive to public perceptions of his kingship and adept at the art of role-playing. Here she captures Charles' complicated mixture of majesty, lasciviousness, cynicism and elusiveness. Encompassing events from the Fire of London to the Dutch wars, and drawing on the many depictions of Charles from Pepys to popular novels, this is a study of kingship as the ultimate performance.

About the Author

Clare Jackson is the Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. She has presented a number of highly successful programmes on the Stuart dynasty for the BBC and is currently writing a new history of Stuart Britain during the long seventeenth century (c.1580-1760)

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