The bestselling classic from a 'magnificent story-teller' (Independent on Sunday). Journey to the glittering seventeenth-century court, and witness the rise and fall of young, charming Robert Merivel...
When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as ‘paper groom’ to the youngest of the King’s mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise…
'For a vivid – and funny – fictional re-creation of the era, Tremain’s Restoration is hard to beat.' The Times
Rose Tremain has sold over one million copies of her books.
Set in the 17th century, this critically acclaimed novel focuses on Robert Merivel, whose courtly duties include stints as veterinarian to the Royal Dogs, unofficial Fool, and husband to the king's mistress. ``A thoroughly satisfying read, the complex plot is augmented by acutely observed historical detail, nuanced character development, humor and poignancy,'' said PW.
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This was a favourite in the early nineties and it still is now. We may laugh at Merivel, but he's the everyman of his time. It is only in hindsight that the novel's parallels with the Thatcher years becomes apparent.
A superbly written and moving tale, cannot fault it. Thoroughly enjoyable.