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ADY ON THE COIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Far flung concern with Britain's ruling monarchs has taken Margaret Campbell Barnes into those periods of England's history that compassed the Richards- the Tudors etc. Now Charles II- long in exile in France -- is the monarch who provides this background for the story of Frances Stuart, in her early teens at the time of the Restoration, remembering wistfully the Scottish home destroyed by the forces of Cromwell, when she was little more than a tiny child. A vivid personality, not subdued by the rigors of exile, she made life more bearable for others, especially Charles II's sister, destined for a tragic marriage in France. This is the story of the Restoration, of Charles II's Portuguese marriage and his many infidelities, of how Frances played on the edge of disaster when he was drawn to her beauty, and of how she escaped into marriage with Lenox, who gave her brief but intense happiness. The title comes from the fact that Frances Stuart was chosen to pose for the artist who drew the design for the famous head of justice on the British coins. An interesting picture of a phase of English history, and a revealing portrait of the machinations of the court.

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1963
Publisher: Macrae-Smith