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His Last Mistress: The Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Zuvich
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Book Description

It was the greatest love story of the 17th century.

The Duke of Monmouth. The illegitimate eldest son of King Charles II, he had grown into a spoiled and rakish young man.

Tired of his wife and bored by his mistress he is captivated by the young Lady Henrietta Wentworth.

But Henrietta has been brought up to covet her virtue.

She wants a good husband with whom she can bear children and grow old contentedly.

She is determined to spurn the advances of the reckless Duke.

But she is also a woman.

And she cannot deny the chemistry that fizzles between them...

'His Last Mistress' is a passionate and moving love story set against a backdrop of political unrest and royal uncertainty.

It is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir.

'A brilliant novel that is both enlightening and enthralling.' Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'The Dante Conspiracy'.

Andrea Zuvich is a 17th Century historian who runs the popular website 'The Seventeenth Century Lady'.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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About the Author

Andrea Zuvich is a historian specialising in the Late Stuarts of the Seventeenth Century and is the creator and writer of the increasingly popular Early Modern history website, The Seventeenth Century Lady. Zuvich studied History and Anthropology at both the University of Central Florida and Oxford University, and has been independently researching 17th-century European history since 2008. A UK resident since 2009, Zuvich is a leader on and one of the original developers of The Garden History Tours at Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces. Zuvich lives with her English husband in Lancashire, England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149042556X
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (20 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CX1PYZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrea Zuvich (aka The Seventeenth Century Lady) is a seventeenth-century historian specialising in the Late Stuarts, historical advisor, and historical fiction authoress. She has degrees in History and one in Anthropology. Zuvich has been on television and radio discussing the Stuarts and gives lectures on them throughout the UK. She was one of the original developers of and leaders on The Garden History Tours at Kensington Palace. Zuvich lives in Windsor, England, and is writing 'A Year in Stuart Britain' (2016).

Please visit her site at www.17thcenturylady.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 15 July 2013
By Nimrod
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It's always good when one learns something new from a novel The Duke of Monmouth is certainly not such a well-known figure from history, and the 17th century in which this tale is set is also a sadly neglected time period. From the history books alone, it is not easy to admire Monmouth and the author does a good job at redeeming him somewhat through a powerful love story. This works well, because even the most cruel and selfish of creatures shows tenderness for those it loves, and this is what transpires here. We see the better side of the man through his genuine love for the heroine, Henrietta Wentworth. This is not, however, by any means, your regular romance story. Rather it is one of struggle, reflecting the very real uncertainties, religious and political uncertainties, that overshadowed the times. With her debut novel Ms Zuvich has given us a refreshing and convincing portrayal of the world of Restoration England, capturing most capably all the sensuality and panache of the times - and I look forward to her next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Elsa
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The story takes hold of the reader from the start and, furthermore, it is obvious that the author is an authority on 17th century history. With all its innuendos, suspense and intrigue and the flair of the author, I would be surprised if this book did not delight any reader, not only those interested in history. The author displays a natural talent for the reader to enjoy.

As a newcomer to the world of 'criticism', I expected a level of comment commensurate with an educated readership, but have been disappointed in some cases by certain 'reviewers' who, in my opinion, have resorted to hysterical and uninformed ranting, more associated with the profoundly ignorant. An example of this is a 'review' which declared that 'my dog could write a better book'. Such comments are very revealing; they expose a sad lack of intelligence, a suspicion that the person has not even read the book, a leaning toward shallow and trivial fiction, and perhaps a modicum of jealousy that a young and educated historian has presented a work based on truth, rather than the dreamed-up fantasy favoured by trash lovers - in short, such a 'critic' is an ignoramus.
Adverse criticism should be respectful, thoughtful, constructive, based on knowledge, and useful to the author. As such, it warrants serious acceptance, and is valuable. Ignorant, spiteful and destructive comments are quite the reverse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for historical fiction fans 11 Jun. 2013
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This was a fast-paced, racy and a genuinely interesting read. The book gives an excellent insight into court life during the 17th Century. Through the depiction of The Duke of Monmouth, the reader can see how men of his means led their lives exactly as they pleased; enjoying many mistresses and producing several children. The political context of the time is fantastically portrayed through Monmouth, the political unrest, family feuds, and the issue of succession. King Charles' and King James' personalities are amusingly described by Monmouth in a very personal way. I really enjoyed this read and was gripped turning each page. It is a novel that I would recommend, especially for history fiction lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely leading characters 11 Jun. 2013
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I liked the easy and light-hearted style that the book was written in. The leading characters in the book were extremely likeable and exciting. Although Monmouth is sinful, cheating on his wife and disobeying his father; his imperfections make him a lovable rogue to the reader. Lady Henrietta is a noble an admirable character, despite her status she chooses to become his mistress, to follow her heart and be with Monmouth. The book is full of constant twists and turns, and is very unpredictable. The leading characters are as thrilling as the events of the period. The reader really feels for the couple and, wants them to work out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Aug. 2013
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A vivid and pacy novelisation of the dramatic life and times of the Duke of Monmouth. Well researched, and written with charm and panache, this is highly recommended for experts and novices alike in the history of 17th Century England!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Court culture and Philippa Gregory romance 15 Jun. 2013
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Whilst this may not be the most gripping read that I have purchased on Kindle, I did enjoy the insight that Zuvich provides into court culture. The rakish character of Monmouth provides an interesting example of the gender roles that defined the 17thC court in terms of sexual freedom and liberty. There is also the spark of romance between Henrietta and Monmouth that, as the book description suggests, did indeed remind me of the works of Philippa Gregory. This is an enjoyable read and great value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of history and romance 3 Aug. 2013
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Reading this book was such a joy, as I have always loved history. The author takes us on a trip back to the late 17th century, where she expertly writes about historical events that took place. The affair between the star crossed lovers, the Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth naturally takes centre stage, against a background of political intrigue, royal succession and rebellion. Do not miss this one, hope to read more of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read 5 Aug. 2013
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I quite liked this book. I downloaded this as I enjoy Phillipa Gregory books and this was fairly on par.
A bit of history is always good in a story. I wasn't too keen on the ending but as it is based on history it is just the way it is...
I will watch out for more books by Andrea Zuvich though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Love
A detailed and wonderfully descriptive account of the ill-fated love story of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Judith P
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books about the Duke of Monmouth
This is such a sad and true story. I have visited many of the places involved with James, Duke of Monmouth so it made it all the more poignant.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs CM Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Biography laced with justified fictitious elements. (reviewed...
A lovely and sympathetic account of the boy “who-would-be-king”, if only...

Ms Zuvich has chosen to step across the sadly fated Duke of Monmouth’s life path, at the very... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Francine Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was easy to read
I knew very little about James Duke of Monmouth outside of his relationship with his Father. This book was easy to read, informative and I enjoyed it very much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I wrote my MA Dissertation on Monmouth and can say that this book is well research and written. A good read.
Published 18 months ago by Ms. L. Linehan
2.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy
The pacing and structure of this novella are amateur and distracting. An interesting subject is rendered dull and slightly nauseating. Read more
Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by txjy
4.0 out of 5 stars A true love story
A part of history I had not known of, A very intriguing and sad story that deserves to be read
Published on 8 July 2013 by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate yet well-researched historical drama
A very well-researched historical novel, that brings real humanity to the Duke of Monmouth and the Monmouth rebellion. Wise tv producers would snap the rights up now!
Published on 7 July 2013 by Caroline
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