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The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Haran
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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`There is something charmingly old-fashioned about this account of intrigue and romance in Restoration London...This is an undemanding and highly enjoyable account of the court beauty who was allegedly the model for Britannia on the coinage, and who eventually, one is glad to learn, got her man.'
--Literary Review, Joanna Hines

'Maeve Haran presents a vivid picture of life at the royal court - a mixture of courtesy and coarseness, laxity and loyalty - which makes an easy read.' --Leicester Mercury

'It's evocative, colourful and exciting, but while there are lots of heaving bodices, it's a tad restrained on the ripping front.' --Daily Mail, Wendy Holden

'Haran has created a pacy tale of court intrigue , daring and romance set against a time of war, plague and the Great Fire of London....Overall, an entertaining read that should amuse history buffs almost ( but not quite) as much as die-hard romantics.' --Sussex Life, Anne Hill

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'This is my tale and I will leave you to tell whether it be high romance or tragedy.'

Sixteen-year-old Frances Stuart arrives at the Restoration court to find her innocence and beauty are highly-prized commodities, envied by the women and desired by the men. Before long, King Charles II falls passionately in love with her and will stop at nothing to make her his mistress.

But Frances is no conventional court beauty. She is determined to make her own choices in life, and to be with the man she loves. Can she overcome the dangerous pitfalls of the King's obsession, the Queen's jealousy, and the traps set for her by the King's notorious mistresses, and make the life she wants for herself?

Set against the drama of the Great Plague and the Fire of London, The Painted Lady brings to life the vibrant and decadent court of Charles II and in Frances Stuart discovers a passionate young woman prepared to fight for her own destiny.

Praise for Maeve Haran's The Lady and the Poet

'This is history as pure entertainment, an inventive and delicious feast of passion, wit and intrigue.' The Times

'With its fascinating insight into Tudor life, this will absorb you to the end' She

'The clothes, the jewels, the smell of the place are all evoked; and everyone from the Queen herself to the elusive, sexy figure of Donne come wonderfully to life' A. N. Wilson, Readers' Digest

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 828 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (19 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330472127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330472128
  • ASIN: B005BOI1EW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully descriptive.... 20 Oct 2011
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
This well written historical novel tells the story of Frances Stuart, the beautiful ingénue who captured the heart of a king.When sixteen year old Frances arrives at the English court, her vulnerability and innocence acts as a magnet to a King who is well adept at getting what he wants from women, and yet he can't accept that this one women is beyond his reach. There was endless speculation at the time about "La Belle Stuart" and her relationship with the King, and the "have they, or haven't they" element to their romance added fuel to 17c gossip mongers.

Beautifully descriptive of the restoration period this book brings to life the glittering court of Charles II. The rivalry that existed between the king's mistresses is expertly captured, and yet it's refreshing to read a restoration romance that doesn't involve graphic descriptions of Charles II's sex life !
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I've always been interested in This young lady. Frances Stewart. the woman who kept giving Charles II, a notorious and serial womaniser out of her bed. And everywhere else. The pressure brought to bear on her virtue must have been astonishing, but she stood absolutely rock solid firm against attacks coming at her from all sides. What a pity she's no longer in our coins. Personally, I'd probably have caved - if the price was right. It's sad though, that after her years of waiting for the man we have to accept that she really did love, she had such a short time with him, and never had the brood of happy children she'd wanted so badly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 13 Dec 2013
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What a cracking book! Maeve Haran brings the life and times of Charles II alive. The writing is just so clever that you feel that you are there at court and in London. The pace never lets up and keeps you gripped to the end. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool view into history 28 Jan 2013
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A highly enjoyable read. Maeve Haran takes you there in a most convincing manner. Looking forward to another historical day out.
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