Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 3

Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 3

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Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 3

Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts: Including the Protectorate - Vol. 3

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Catherine, queen of charles ii.

The Queen’s uncomfortable Situation at the Court of Charles—Her
Lineage—Arrives at Portsmouth—Charles’s Description of her to
Lord Clarendon—Her Marriage with the King—Descriptions of
her Person—Her Extraordinary Retinue—List of her Household
in 1669—Anecdotes—Lady Castlemaine attempted to be forced
upon her as a Lady of the Bedchamber—Indignation of Catherine
—Unfeeling Conduct of Charles and Lord Clarendon—The Queen
consents to the Appointment of her Rival—Alteration in her
Conduct—Encourages Gaiety and Frolic—Fashionable Freaks of
the Period—The Queen’s Unhappiness—Evidences of her being
capable of bearing Children—Her dangerous Illness, and Affliction
of Charles—Accused by Titus Gates—Her Grief at the Death of
Charles—Description of her later in Life—Her Death.

Although her position as Queen of Great Britain was a splendid and an envied one, and although few persons, who have attained to the age of threescore years and ten, have passed through life more happily exempt from those domestic afflictions which are the lot of humanity, the story of Catherine of Braganza is nevertheless a melancholy one. Accustomed in her childhood to the strict rules, the rigid discipline, and narrow intercourse vol. iii.                                                                        B

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