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Charles II (Penguin Monarchs): The Star King The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series short, fresh, expert accounts of England s rulers now in paperbackCharles II has always been one of the most instantly recognisable British kings both in his physical appearance, disseminated through endless portraits, prints and pub signs, and in his complicated mix of lasciviousness, cynicism and luxury His father s execution and his own many years of exile made him a guarded, curious, unusually self conscious ruler He lived through some of the most striking events in the national history from the Civil Wars to the Great Plague, from the Fire of London to the wars with the DutchClare Jackson s marvellous book takes full advantage of its irrepressible subject I really enjoyed reading this biography It is very short but contains a lot of introductory information. A concise, thematic biography of Charles II with a strong focus on the King s image both during his reign and in the centuries following his death Examines the interplay between his personal and political lives as the public was concerned about the influence of his mistresses on state policy The last chapter, Afterlives, is particularly interesting as Jackson observes that popular and scholarly perceptions of Charles II are very different with the Merry Monarch being viewed positively by the A concise, thematic biography of Charles II with a strong focus on the King s image both during his reign and in the centuries following his death Examines the interplay between his personal and political lives as the public was concerned about the influence of his mistresses on state policy The last chapter, Afterlives, is particularly interesting as Jackson observes that popular and scholarly perceptions of Charles II are very different with the Merry Monarch being viewed positively by the public but critically by scholars today Charles II was not a king I knew loads about other than the most famous points however, this book has made me thinkabout this Restoration monarch I think he is in fact quite a fascinating figure and is clearly someone who has Historians talking These Penguin Monarchs books are great ways to get people talking and thinking about the monarchy and its rich History I m definitely going to have to read a full biography about Charles II He was so interesting and I liked the way that Jackson presented him First, his full life, thenspecifics about how he was pictured, wrote, and acted Sure, I wanted itspecific at times, but it was definitely a great starting point for me.


About the Author: Clare Jackson

Clare Jackson lectures in the history of political thought at the University of Cambridge.


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