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King Charles II

Antonia Fraser

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Biography: historical, political & military, Biography: royalty, Prose: non-fiction, History, British & Irish history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

The fullest and most sophisticated account of the most charming and approachable of English kings OBSERVER

Following a youth of poverty and bitter exile after his father s execution, the ousted king first challenged, then made his magnificent escape from, Cromwell s troops before he was eventually restored to his throne in triumph in 1660.

Spanning his life both before and after the Restoration, Antonia Fraser s lively and fascinating biography captures all the vitality of the man and the expansiveness of the age.

Detailed, sympathetic, and admirably readable ECONOMIST

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Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She was awarded the Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 and was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature.

Her previous books include Mary Queen of Scots, King Charles II, The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England, which won the Wolfson History Prize, Marie Antoinette: The Journey, Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832 and The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829. Must You Go?, a memoir of her life with Harold Pinter, was published in 2010, and My History: A Memoir of Growing Up in 2015. She lives in London.

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