He was the illegitimate son of a king, a gallant and brave military hero, charming, handsome and well loved both within the court and with women; James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, had the life many would have envied in the seventeenth century.
Monmouth lived in an age that was on the cusp of modernity. He lived through some of the biggest events and scandals of seventeenth century British history, including: the Restoration of his father, King Charles II; The Great Fire of London in 1666 and the last great plague to sweep through London killing thousands.
James also experienced the political scandal of the Popish Plot; became embroiled in the foiled Rye House Plot, and was at the centre of the Exclusion Crisis, which was a major catalyst for the modern creation of our party political system.
But what would turn the beloved darling of the Restoration court into a leading rebel?
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About the Author
Born in London, Laura Brennan initially trained to become a journalist at Bournemouth University before gaining a BA Hons. degree in History (2:1) from London Metropolitan University in 2005. While working at BBC Outside Broadcasts, she studied part time to gain her MA in History at Queen Mary University of London 2007 to 2009. It was while writing her Masters dissertation that she fell in love with the Duke of Monmouth. When not writing, Laura can be found enjoying the museums and galleries of London, snuggled up with a book or planning her next adventure in Europe.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Why the King Lost his Head 1
Chapter 2 Charles II: A Life in Exile and the Birth of a Son 14
Chapter 3 Restoration Politics 24
Chapter 4 The Religious Legacy of the English Reformation within the Restoration Court 41
Chapter 5 The Private Life of a Public Duke 46
Chapter 6 The Making of a Military Man 52
Chapter 7 The Catholic Threat 58
Chapter 8 The Popish Plot 70
Chapter 9 Monmouth and the Exclusion Crisis 77
Chapter 10 The Road to Treason 82
Chapter 11 The Rye House Plot 93
Chapter 12 The Beginning of the End 106
Appendix: Monmouth in 17th Century and Contemporary Literature 130