For The Love Of Freemasonry,
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This review is from: The King's Henchman: Stuart Spymaster and Architect of the British Empire (Kindle Edition)
Although this book is often interesting it is never truly persuasive. The main fact which underlines much of the narrative is that the main subject, Henry Jermyn, may have been Charles II's father. The author goes to great lengths to suggest that Jermyn was Henrietta Maria's (Charles I's wife) lover and fathered at least one or more of her children.
I read Katie Whitaker's A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria to make check historical facts and to make comparisons. There is nothing in Whitaker's book to suggest that Charles II's father was anything other than Charles I.
The author seems to be a Freemason and much if the narrative seems to show his endorsement for this religion. Chapter XVI has the author suggesting that Jerymn may have become Grand Master of Freemasonry. Is that something to be proud of? That is almost like being leader of the Ku Klux Klan!
The author spends much of his energy "redeeming" the memory of Henry Jermyn. Not only does he call him an "unsung hero" (even though he has a street named after him in London) but he also states, "But you, reading this book, now know the truth." No serious historian would ever make such a claim.
The author has little if any criticism for the reign of Charles II, but anyone familiar with how kings operated at this time (try Anne Somerset's The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV) will know how corrupt virtually every monarchy had become. Which is why some of them had their heads cut off, or had their powers severely diminished.