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Lucy Worsley

Cavalier by Lucy Worsley tells the story of William Cavendish, a 17th-century playboy in the court of Charles I – a world packed with conspiracy, sexual intrigue and gossip.

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William Cavendish, courageous, cultured and passionate about women, embodies the popular image of a cavalier. Famously defeated at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, he went into a long and miserable continental exile before returning to England in triumph on the restoration of King Charles II to the throne in 1660.

Lucy Worsley brings to life a fascinating household of the 17th century, painting a picture of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, clandestine marriage and gossip. From Ben Jonson and Van Dyck to a savage, knife-wielding master-cook, Cavalier is a brilliant illumination of the stately home in England and all its many colourful inhabitants.

Critic Reviews

Worsley has an excellent stab at not only telling his [Cavendish's] story but also bringing to life the day-to-day life of a country house in this period.

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Critic Reviews

A vivid account ... brilliantly observed, richly detailed, and dripping in the most delicious gossip of the age. Pure heaven!.

Good Book Guide

Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, based at Hampton Court. She also appears regularly on radio and television, on BBC1’s The One Show, as well as Timewatch and other history programmes. Lucy is the author of Courtiers: The Secret History of Kensington Palace and Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion and Great Houses. Please drop in…

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