The Merry Monarch's Wife

The Merry Monarch's Wife[KINDLE] ❄ The Merry Monarch's Wife Author Jean Plaidy – Heartforum.co.uk Charles II is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous The country is eager for succession to be clear and certain The next king will be the son of Charles II and hi Charles II is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous The country is eager for succession to be clear The Merry Kindle - and certain The next king will be the son of Charles II and his queen, Catherine of Braganza Yet Catherine, daughter of the king of Portugal and a Catholic, has never been popular with the English people She is also having great difficulty conceiving an heir, even as many of Charles s well known mistresses are bearing his children with ease Catherine is aware that courtiers close to Charles are asking him to divorce her and take another wife yet she is determined to hold her title in the face of all odds The ninth novel in the beloved Queens of England series, The Merry Monarch s Wife brings Catherine of Braganza to life and plunges readers into the tumultuous world of Restoration England.

Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy The Merry Kindle - which had sold million copies by the time of her death She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books the best known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt million and Philippa Carr million Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name Eleanor Burford, or the pseudonyms of Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities Wikipedia.

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    The Merry Monarch's Wife PDF Ó The Merry Kindle - well known mistresses are bearing his children with ease Catherine is aware that courtiers close to Charles are asking him to divorce her and take another wife yet she is determined to hold her title in the face of all odds The ninth novel in the beloved Queens of England series, The Merry Monarch s Wife brings Catherine of Braganza to life and plunges readers into the tumultuous world of Restoration England."/>
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Merry Monarch's Wife
  • Jean Plaidy
  • English
  • 02 June 2019
  • 030734617X

10 thoughts on “The Merry Monarch's Wife

  1. HBalikov says:

    Captain Renault What in heaven s name brought you to Casablanca Rick My health I came to Casablanca for the waters.Captain Renault The waters What waters We re in the desert.Rick I was misinformed.This is my first encounter with Jean Plaidy s Queens of England Series I thought I might be getting Hilary Mantel I was misinformed This book dramatizes the life of Catherine of Braganza She, a good Catholic, married Charles II of England whose good fortune it was to be available at the restorat Captain Renault What in heaven s name brought you to Casablanca Rick My health I came to Casablanca for the waters.Captain Renault The waters What waters We re in the desert.Rick I was misinformed.This is my first encounter with Jean Plaidy s Queens of England Series I thought I might be getting Hilary Mantel I was misinformed This book dramatizes the life of Catherine of Braganza She, a good Catholic, married Charles II of England whose good fortune it was to be available at the restoration of the British monarchy after the great Civil War Charles father was beheaded in that conflict Catherine was married to Charles to cement a relationship between England and Portugal and provide some buffer between the warring parties in the Iberian peninsula Catherine s father got what he wanted in the deal, and was willing to pay a substantial price for it Aside from the money in the dowry, England got concessions in north Africa and India items that led to Britain s later domination of India and other places in Asia Plaidy, instead, chooses to caste Catherine as a pawn in the game of life Everything happens to her She seems to do nothing, take no initiative on her own.The Merry Monarch of the title had romantic involvements both before and during his marriage to Catherine Perhaps because of his bride s miscarriages and inability to produce an heir, Charles fathered and recognized many out of wedlock progeny The book takes us on a long journey through Catherine s fidelity to Roman Catholicism The English people had difficulty warming to her because her religion stood in the way She was accused at various times of treason and other offenses Charles, to his credit, was her strong defender When he died, she stayed in England It was the Portuguese who, being among the first Western sailors to Asia, brought back tea It became popular among their nobility It was Catherine who, as part of her dowry, brought several chests of tea with her to England She made it fashionable at Court and from there to the general public Plaidy makes little note of this, and other things less titilating

  2. Kelly A. says:

    Guess what I have a new favourite Queen Sorry Tudor queens, but Catherine of Braganza has taken your place For being a rarely talked about person in English history, she sure was a fascinating person She may not have conducted scandalous affairs or had her head chopped off, but she is memorable in her own way.Jean Plaidy s book, The Merry Monarch s Wife, is written in the form of Catherine s memoir J.P likes to do this a lotit s not really my favourite writing technique I knew very l Guess what I have a new favourite Queen Sorry Tudor queens, but Catherine of Braganza has taken your place For being a rarely talked about person in English history, she sure was a fascinating person She may not have conducted scandalous affairs or had her head chopped off, but she is memorable in her own way.Jean Plaidy s book, The Merry Monarch s Wife, is written in the form of Catherine s memoir J.P likes to do this a lotit s not really my favourite writing technique I knew very little about her life in Portugal as an Infanta, so that was really interesting to read about Her Portuguese relatives were rather.um, eccentric I think I want to learnabout her crazy brother Alfonso Catherine comes to England as an old lady of 23 and marries Charles As the years pass, she must deal with Charles s numerous mistresses and bastard children, and also threats against her for being Catholic When Charles dies, we learn about how she deals with the disasters of the succession and the Monmouth rebellion, and also the mounting prejudice she faces when William and Mary came to the throne Fed up with England, she spends her remaining years back in Portugal.Charles s and Catherine s relationship is my favourite part of the story Catherine never had any children, thus skewing the succession in favour of the Catholic James II Charles was pressed by his advisors to divorce Catherine he refused this suggestion and kept her safe, even though it was at the risk of the country Also, he always defended her against his mistresses, she would always take precedence in his eyes How adorable is that It s certainly different that what I ve read about with other English monarchs ahem, Henry VIII Some interesting tidbits I found out about Catherine she was the person who introduced the custom of drinking tea in England The practice was virtually unheard of before she arrived Can you imagine the country without its tea The English can also thank her for bringing the fork to tables It is also speculated that Queens, the New York City borough, is named after her, though there is some debate about that.This book just further reinforces the fact that I love Jean Plaidy I recently bought The Loves of Charles II, which has another POV from Catherine along with his mistresses, of whom you learn about in this book too I d even recommend this book to those who don t normal read historical fiction It s a great book with plenty of action, culture, and a rather unconventional love story 5 stars For those of you who have seen the Harry Potter films, remember Moaning Myrtle Who can forget her whiny, simpering voice Well, in The Last King, a British television series that chronicled Charles II s life as King, Catherine of Braganza was played by the same actress who played Moaning Myrtle I also saw her in Bridget Jones s Diary.she sure has a wide range of characters Surprisingly, she was AMAZING Her portrayal of the queen is what truly made Catherine a favourite Speaking of Harry Potter nerdisms, Filch, Narcissa Malfoy, teenaged Tom Riddle and Oliver Wood are also in this series Anyways, the entire mini series about Charles II is wonderful, I highly recommend it

  3. Becky says:

    I enjoyed reading Jean Plaidy s The Merry Monarch s Wife Catherine of Braganza was the queen of Charles II For those familiar with the reign of Charles II, you can imagine what a life she led for better or worse The book seeks to capture her personal perspective of her husband, of her marriage, of her adopted country She s coming from Portugal to England Plaidy s depiction has Catherine truly in love with the King, and oh so aware of his shortcomings In her reckoning, Charles II could not I enjoyed reading Jean Plaidy s The Merry Monarch s Wife Catherine of Braganza was the queen of Charles II For those familiar with the reign of Charles II, you can imagine what a life she led for better or worse The book seeks to capture her personal perspective of her husband, of her marriage, of her adopted country She s coming from Portugal to England Plaidy s depiction has Catherine truly in love with the King, and oh so aware of his shortcomings In her reckoning, Charles II could not help himself at all, he was completely incapable of fidelity Readers catch glimpses here and there of Charles many, many mistresses But not as much as you might imagine That is, the focus is on HER and not truly on him and his activities She is aware of his favorites at any given time, and at times she s sought out in conversation by mistresses in and out of favor There is definitely a lot of POLITICS in Merry Monarch s Wife Readers learn about various plots and threats and conspiracies Readers meet men and women who are ambitious and manipulative and power hungry I was familiar, in a way, with some of the details of his reign But not of what life was like for her before and after Before her arrival in England and after Charles II s death This book tells a fairly complete story

  4. Juliew. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I enjoyed this story of Catherine of Braganza s life.As the book begins we learn that Catherine is proposed as a bride for the prince of wales in England.But the government in england rises up to overthrow the monarchy making the marriage impossible for the now exiled Charles II.Yet Catherine s mother and Catherine herself hold out hope and after some years of waiting the marriage takes place.Catherine soon finds herself in a court without morals and with a husband who seems to have the least of I enjoyed this story of Catherine of Braganza s life.As the book begins we learn that Catherine is proposed as a bride for the prince of wales in England.But the government in england rises up to overthrow the monarchy making the marriage impossible for the now exiled Charles II.Yet Catherine s mother and Catherine herself hold out hope and after some years of waiting the marriage takes place.Catherine soon finds herself in a court without morals and with a husband who seems to have the least of them all.But Catherine slowly comes to realize through intrigue,deceit, plots and death she wishes to be no where else or with anyone else.I loved the ending

  5. Judith says:

    I ve always enjoyed Jean Plaidy s novels This story of Charles II s long suffering Catherine of Braganza is one of the better ones While Catherine is overlooked by many writers, she actually changed the course of history and the British monarchy Her inability to give Charles an legitimate heir allowed the crown to pass eventually to his nieces Mary and Anne and then to the Hanovarians.This novel is written though the eyes of Catherine We see the great love she born for her husband and her pa I ve always enjoyed Jean Plaidy s novels This story of Charles II s long suffering Catherine of Braganza is one of the better ones While Catherine is overlooked by many writers, she actually changed the course of history and the British monarchy Her inability to give Charles an legitimate heir allowed the crown to pass eventually to his nieces Mary and Anne and then to the Hanovarians.This novel is written though the eyes of Catherine We see the great love she born for her husband and her pain in disappointing him We also get a picture of Charles and his fear of having to go roaming again

  6. Lynn Smith says:

    aka The Merry Monarch s Wife the story of Catherine of Braganza wife of Charles II of England.Synopsis Charles II is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous The country is eager for succession to be clear and certain The next king will be the son of Charles II and his queen, Catherine of Braganza Yet Catherine, daughter of the king of Portugal and a Catholic, has never been popular with the English people She is also having great difficulty conceiving an h aka The Merry Monarch s Wife the story of Catherine of Braganza wife of Charles II of England.Synopsis Charles II is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous The country is eager for succession to be clear and certain The next king will be the son of Charles II and his queen, Catherine of Braganza Yet Catherine, daughter of the king of Portugal and a Catholic, has never been popular with the English people She is also having great difficulty conceiving an heir, even as many of Charles s well known mistresses are bearing his children with ease Catherine is aware that courtiers close to Charles are asking him to divorce her and take another wife yet she is determined to hold her title in the face of all odds The ninth novel in the beloved Queens of England series, The Merry Monarch s Wife brings Catherine of Braganza to life and plunges readers into the tumultuous world of Restoration England

  7. Jean says:

    Jean Plaidy always writes great books This one is abou King Charles the 2nds wife What a strange time they lived in Everyone thinks being royal was or maybe is, so wonderful But I wonder just how wonderful it really was after reading these books.

  8. Meredith says:

    I recently read a book about Frances Stuart so I thought I would enjoy a book from a different perspective about the same people, but this was a bit plodding in comparison.

  9. Vasilena says:

    This one a bit deficient in comparison to the others, I felt like I coudn t get Catherine at all since all these inner emotions were so literal, there was no depth or nuance to anything Same goes for teh rest of the historical characters they were sadly without any personalisation, different from what we already know they literally said or did from historical docs.

  10. Hans says:

    The monarch is merry His wife certainly less so.A little surprise in the end though.

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