A Collection of Ranter Writings
Spiritual Liberty and Sexual Freedom in the English Revolution
The Ranters were a group of religious libertarians who flourished shortly after the execution of Charles I during the English Civil War. Expressing their spiritual liberty, and their alleged commitment to free love, Ranter writings were remarkably candid and daring. This scholarly anthology brings together some of the most visionary texts by Abiezer Coppe, Laurence Clarkson, Joseph Salmon and Jacob Bauthumley. Second edition, with a new foreword by the author.
Bess of Hardwick
First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527–1608
Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (1527–1608) struck some as rapacious and social-climbing, but is nowadays seen as an astonishingly shrewd and accomplished woman who successfully managed four husbands and four monarchs in a particularly complex and dangerous era. Mary Lovell's biography charts every aspect of Bess's long life, including her time as minder of Mary, Queen of Scots for Elizabeth I and the building of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Oldcotes, which still stand as testimony of a remarkable Tudor figure.
The King's Bed
Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II
Charles II was obsessed by women, and his conquests ranged across the classes, from the actress Nell Gwyn to the aristocrat Barbara Villiers. For the first time, this revealing book places the king’s compulsive philandering at the centre of an account of his reign. Taking us behind the scenes, it introduces a colourful cast of court favourites, politicians and a parade of mistresses fighting for influence over a king ruled – and ruined – by his passions.