Private Lives of the Monarchs: EPISODE 5

Charles II

After ten years of exile, Charles Stewart was invited back to England by Parliament to reclaim his throne in May 1660. Upon his return, he ended the joyless Commonwealth years and restored the institution of the monarchy, but that is not how Charles II is best remembered. We reveal a 25-year reign full of extravagant indulgences and amorous exploits involving a sex-starved king, countless mistresses, and one court official known as the Pimp Master General.

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