A Health Unto His Majesty

A Health Unto His Majesty

(The Stuart saga: book 3): a vivid, dramatic and exciting tale of passion and plotting from the undisputed Queen of British historical fiction


Historical romance at its very best: fans of Philippa Gregory will love this captivating journey back in time from multi-million copy and international bestselling author Jean Plaidy.

'Jean Plaidy conveys the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexity' - Guardian

'These books are page-turners; they offer a wonderful way to learn about history... and their stories will remain with you for ever' -- Daily Express
'Every bit as exciting and moving today as they were when first written.' -- Woman & Home
'Unputdownable, educational and a great read' -- ***** Reader review
'Excellent as always!' -- ***** Reader review
1666: Charles II is rapturously welcomed back on the throne after years in exile.

Needing funds he marries the wealthy Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. But this is an unsuccessful match as the princess fails to provide him with an heir and the dowry never materializes. Although Charles always treats her with the utmost kindness, Catherine has to tolerate his many mistresses, notably the promiscuous beauty Barbara Castelmaine.

The plot unfolds against a background of the Plague, the Popish Plot and the Great Fire of London where underlying religious tensions promise to cause problems for the King.

When his Catholic brother, James, looks likely to succeed him, the people rise up against Catholics. Even Queen Catherine is in danger when she is accused of plotting to kill her husband.

Will this restored monarchy be able to hold on to power?


  • Jean Plaidy, by the skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of characterisation has become one of the country’s most widely read novelists.
    Sunday Times

About the author

Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.
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