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His Last Mistress: The Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a novelist of this period, I looked forward to reading His Last Mistress with interest and anticipation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Christensen
A detailed and wonderfully descriptive account of the ill-fated love story of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Lady Henrietta Wentworth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Judith P
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 16 months ago by Mrs CM Rodgers
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 morePublished 17 months ago by J. Lewis
I wrote my MA Dissertation on Monmouth and can say that this book is well research and written. A good read.Published on 16 Feb. 2014 by Ms. L. Linehan
The pacing and structure of this novella are amateur and distracting. An interesting subject is rendered dull and slightly nauseating. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by txjy
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. Read more