Few historians are better placed than Julian Whitehead, former intelligence officer and security adviser, to tell the fascinating and dark tale of espionage, plots and rebellion in the reign of England's 'Merrie Monarch'. Impeccably researched and engagingly written, this book provides a compelling new perspective on the reign of Charles II. Highly recommended.
Those of us of a certain age will remember Keith Michel's brilliant portrayal of Henry VIII and the men and women who graced his court. Younger viewers will be familiar with Wolf Hall. The people are the same, and in this wonderful book Lynda Telford, they're brought back to life. Much more information than anything a TV show or a film could give you - this is brilliant!
Books Monthly, December 2017 – reviewed by Paul Norman