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His Last Mistress: The Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth by [Zuvich, Andrea]
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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 point when love, true love, is suddenly all consuming. His previous heady profligate and reckless existence pales in comparison to the delights the Lady Henrietta Wentworth instils within his rakish mindset. Her voice alone enchants and captures his heart. But while romance steals the moment, darkness loiters as history tells us, and there is no escape from what is to come. The tragedy and waste of it all almost defies belief, and this novel is the author’s interpretation of how the young illegitimate (?) son of Charles II, his favoured son, pays the price for daring to challenge the rite of the king’s brother’s succession to the throne of England, Scotland & Ireland. A lovely, lovely biography laced with sufficient fictional input to make this tragic tale a thoroughly engrossing read.

Reviewer notes: James II, thus a Catholic monarch, Monmouth’s fate was sealed the day he dared to step ashore at Lyme Regis, Dorset, and raised the Protestant standard. The truth being (or not) Charles II had left England & Scotland with the flag of Rome fluttering in the faces of the greater populous who were staunch Protestants or Scottish Presbyterians, thus reigning propaganda soon shrouded absolute truth. After all, with James holding power of sway, there is no doubting he was a man who had lied, schemed and plotted his succession, and all with the skill of a covert assassin. Even James II’s memoirs (papers) give cause for concern with discrepancies, deliberate omissions, and elements of fabrication.
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