Although this was written earlier (a 1956 British publication date) nothing has changed in what is presumably the story of The Wandering Prince before he became the Merry Monarch -- Charles II. This was during and for a time after Cromwell's reign when he spent most of these years in exile. However Miss Plaidy has told his story through two of the women most attached to him: Lucy Water, his mistress and mother of his child, and his younger sister ""Minette""-Henriette. Almost all of the last half of the book belongs to her as she is first designated as the bride of Louis XIV, then passed over -- to his brother Philippe, then always torn between her love for her brother Charles in his conflict of interest with Louis (whom she preferred to Philippe and who returned that passion), and finally her sudden death, rumored but not established to be pretty poison. . . . You know what this is -- period pish and romantic tush which will nonetheless find other ladies in waiting.