Book cover for Mistresses




15 April 2021
304 pages
Imprint: Picador


In telling the story of Charles's mistresses, Porter skillfully interweaves the politics with the passion . . . an enlightening read.
The lives of these seven women make a terrific story and Porter tells it well.
A fresh look at Charles' reign through the many women who shared his bed.
In her [Linda Porter's] hands the lives and characters of the women who shaped the reputation of the Restoration court emerge as far more discrete and individual than the identikit line-up of Lely beauties whose portraits are one of the most recognizable identifiers of the period . . . It is testament to Porter's skill as a historian that by the end of Mistresses the darkness at the heart of the brilliant Restoration court is so bleakly exposed.