Charles I

Guest Post: ‘Royal Harlot’

806777Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott
NAL Trade, July 3, 2007 (Historical Fiction)

Stacey and I are pleased to welcome back Koren, with another guest review. Not surprisingly, she is reviewing historical fiction that brings us court intrigue and introduces readers to a woman from the history books, Barbara Villiers. It looks like an interesting read, and we thank Koren for writing and contributing her review.

Rating: 3 stars

The first introduction I had to Barbara Villiers was in my first ever Jean Plaidy novels, A Health Unto His Majesty, and The Pleasures of Love. Plaidy portrayed her as a villain you love to hate. She was calculating and vindictive and I rooted for the queen who just couldn’t compete for Charles II’s attention. Coming into this book, I tried to set aside my existing views of Barbara and be more open minded about her motives and actions.