Author: Rose Tremain
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989. By a twist of fate an ambitious young medical student finds himself thrust into the vibrant world of luxury and opulence at the court of King Charles II. Where Robert Merivel's quick wit and charm finds him rising quickly throught the court, soon finding favour with the King, and earning him a privileged 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. Determined to be restored to the King's grace, Merivel begins a journey of self-knowledge and soon discovers that the King's pleasure is equally matched by his wrath...