1300 36 33 32

'Of all bad men in a bad time ...[Buckingham was] perhaps the worst, without shame, honour or decency.' The story of the unique relationship between King Charles II and George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is one of the most entertaining and shocking of ill-advised royal friendships. David Hanrahan's new book paints a vivid picture of friendship, exile, betrayal, murder, adultery, infamy, alchemy and scandal in royal and courtly circles. Buckingham was brought up in court with the two future kings, James II and Charles II - his own father, who had had great influence over both James I and Charles I, had been assassinated by those who feared his power. In his turn Buckingham exercised a damaging influence over Charles II. He outraged and entertained his contemporaries in equal measure and clearly fascinated and irritated Charles, who was both forgiving and a little exploitative. David Hanrahan investigates why Charles remained largely true to his childhood friend despite Buckingham's ingratitude and his often fierce satire against the king. He gives us an engrossing and rambunctious story, at the same time offering insights into royal and courtly life and the power of the favourite.

Buy Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham book by David C. Hanrahan from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780750939164
ISBN-10: 0750939168
Format: Hardback
(197mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham book by David C. Hanrahan and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review


Author Biography - David C. Hanrahan

David Hanrahan is a headteacher and lecturer in the philosophy of education at the University of Ireland, Galway. His previous book Colonel Blood: The Man Who Stole the Crown Jewels (Sutton 2003) was very well received, and was described in BBC History Magazine as a 'thundering book story'.

Books By Author David C. Hanrahan

Victorian Master Criminal by David C. Hanrahan

The Victorian Master Criminal

Hardback, May 2016
$38.69
Assassination of the Prime Minister by David C. Hanrahan

The Assassination of the Prime Minister

Paperback, March 2012
$22.49
Colonel Blood by David C. Hanrahan

Colonel Blood

Paperback, September 2004
$20.69
Box by David C. Hanrahan

The Box

Paperback, January 1989
$10.93