From Rose Tremaincomes the Booker Prize short-listed novel that “restored the historical novel to itsrightful place of honor” (New York Times).
RobertMerivel, son of a glove maker and an aspiring physician, finds his fortunestransformed when he is given a position at the court of King Charles II.Merivel slips easily into a life of luxury and idleness, enthusiasticallyenjoying the women and wine of the vibrant Restoration age. But when he’scalled on to serve the king in an unusual role, he transgresses the one law he is forbidden to break and is brutally cast out from his newfoundparadise. Thus begins Merivel’s journey to self-knowledge, which will take himdown into the lowest depths of seventeenth-century society.
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