Meticulously researched and offering an impressive cast of real-life characters brought to vibrant life, A Pledge of Better Times expertly captures the drama, passions, politics and religious turmoil of England at the turn of the 18th century. Margaret Porter crafts her story with exquisite detail, transporting the reader into a world full of intrigue, scandal, and breathtaking danger alongside Lady Diana de Vere and Charles Beauclerk, the young Duke and Duchess of St. Albans, as they struggle t
I have to state that I enjoy books that tell the stories of lesser known women in history. A Pledge of Better Times does exactly that by weaving the story of Diana de Vere from snippets of her left in correspondence and other written sources. We meet her when she is still a child and she encounters King Charles II and he introduces her to his three sons by different mistresses. She is the daughter of the Earl of Oxford, a close friend of the king but a noble without a fortune. Soon Charles dies
A well-told novel about the marriage of Diana de Vere and Charles Beauclerk, illegitimate son of Charles II and actress Nell Gwyn. I liked the character of Diana quite a lot, and I also especially enjoyed the inside look at the reigns of William and Mary.
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