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Robert Merivel abandons his medical studies for the vibrant Court of Charles II, where he finds unexpected favour with the King and serves as a 'paper groom' to the youngest of the royal mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel violates the one rule that will cast him out from his new found paradise. Driven to work in a Quaker Bedlam, he must endure a yet more painful fall from grace before he can achieve spiritual and social restoration.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Sceptre
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340936436
  • 9780340936436
  • 515,599

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'Rose Tremain has restored the historical novel to its rightful place of honour...her most dazzling triumph is her analysis of the cynical, complex, twisty personality of Charles II...It is nothing less than superb' -- New York Times Book Review 'Stimulating and imaginative...A mass of historical detail is incorporated with admirable lightness of touch' -- Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times 'To be moved and impressed by a novel, and yet so entertained, is rare' -- Fay Weldon

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About Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain has written numerous plays for radio and television as well as many novels. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.

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