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Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott
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Jun 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mistresses-royalty, own, charles-ii

I always say that actors in films "do a good job" when they play a mean character I am supposed to hate and I indeed "hate" them while watching a movie. In the same respect, we are generally meant to hate Barbara Villiers, the famous greedy and sex-crazed mistress of Charles II. Susan Holloway Scott allowed her character to play a Oscar-winning performance because frankly: I hate this mistress (okay, granted I am a fan of Nell Gwynne).

A wonderfully saturated book including the sexual craving and power ambitions of this long-standing mistress while feeding you with some insight into her personal reasoning. We may never know how the mistress actually felt and thought in "real life" but Scott provides a rather close depiction.

Love her or hate her, this is one mistress who will grab your attentions either way.
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