Girl on the Golden Coin

Girl on the Golden Coin

A Novel of Frances Stuart

Book - 2014
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"In 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns Frances Stuart and her family to favor. Frances discards threadbare gowns and goes to gilded Fontainebleau Palace, where she soon catches the Sun King's eye. But Frances is no ordinary court beauty--she has Stuart secrets to keep and her family to protect. King Louis XIV turns vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress. He sends her to England with orders to seduce King Charles II and help him form an alliance with England. The Queen Mother likewise orders Frances to become her son's mistress, in the interest of luring him away from the Protestant mistress he currently keeps. Armed in pearls and silk, Frances maneuvers the political turbulence of Whitehall Palace, but still can't afford to stir a scandal, determined to keep her family from shame. Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him and the two embark on a tenuous relationship. Frances survives the Great Fire, the Great Plague, and the debauchery of the Restoration Court, yet loses her heart to the very king she must control. A startling discovery will leave her with no other choice but to break his heart, while the fate of England hangs in the balance."--
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Description: xii, 318 pages : map ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781250037220
Branch Call Number: Jeff


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ChristchurchLib Apr 27, 2014

"When Frances Stuart rebuffs the amorous advances of Louis XIV, the spurned Sun King threatens to expose her family's secrets unless she agrees to help him establish diplomatic relations between France and England. How will she achieve this? Why, by seducing her distant cousin, King Charles II, recently recalled from exile after the restoration of England's monarchy in 1660. With no choice but to obey orders, Frances skillfully navigates the pitfalls of court, yet discovers that the dangers of love are more difficult to avoid. Don't miss this richly detailed, intricately plotted tale of royal intrigue in Restoration England." Historical Fiction April 2014 newsletter

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