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The Merry Monarch's Wife by Jean Plaidy
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Jul 04, 2011

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Read from June 27 to July 04, 2011

Poor Catherine of Braganza. Considering the arguably most important job of an English queen hundreds of years ago was to produce a male her, she was a failure. She carried none of her babies to term and there was no doubt that Catherine was the one to blame. Her husband, King Charles II had over a dozen children with no less than four mistresses. However, God gave her chance to be the mother of her native country Portugal. After surviving the death of her husband and the abdication of the Catholic James II, she returned home after 30 years in England to rule as regent during the incapacitating illness of her brother, King Pedro. She defeated the Spanish and was loved in Portugal as the savior of the country from their ancient enemy, Spain. A terrific read.

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