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DON JORDAN

Don Jordan was born in Northern Ireland, but has lived for many years in London and considers the city his home. His first paid writing job was reporting on a dog show for a local newspaper in Lincolnshire. An allergy to dog hair drove him into a job with the BBC, first in London on the daily current affairs programme Nationwide, and then to the BBC’s Belfast office. He next joined the flagship ITV current affairs programme World in Action, where he worked as a producer and director for twelve years.

Since then he has produced or directed dozens of television drama films and documentaries, many on historical subjects. He co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Love is the Devil, based on the life of the painter Francis Bacon. He has won several awards, including two Blue Ribbons at the New York Film and Television festival. Don Jordan has written two books in collaboration with Michael Walsh, the first being a biography of the notorious millionaire property tycoon, Nicholas van Hoogstraten and the second being White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America, an historical investigation into slavery in the British colonies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

With Michael Walsh his The King’s London, about the artistic, cultural, social and architectural development of the city during in the reign of Charles II, will be published by Little,Brown in 2017.

 

LATEST BOOK: THE KING'S BED: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II

Don Jordan & Michael WalshA fast-paced and thrilling history of Charles II's dissolute life and surprising legacy, from the acclaimed authors of The King's Revenge.

To refer to the private life of Charles II is to abuse the adjective. His personal life was anything but private. His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers and literally hundreds of servants and soldiers. Gossip radiated throughout the kingdom.

Charles spent most of his wealth and his intellect on gaining and keeping the company of women, from the lowest sections of society such as the actress Nell Gwyn to the aristocratic Louise de Krouaille. Some of Charles' women played their part in the affairs of state, colouring the way the nation was run.

Don Jordan and Michael Walsh take us inside Charles' palace, where we will meet court favourites, amusing confidants, advisors jockeying for political power, mistresses past and present as well as key figures in his inner circle such as his 'pimpmasters' and his personal pox doctor.

The astonishing private life of Charles II reveals much about the man he was and why he lived and ruled as he did. The King's Bed tells the compelling story of a king ruled by his passion.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Kings Bed, Little,Brown, UK, 2015; Pegasus, USA 2016; The King's Revenge, Little,Brown, 2012; Pegasus, USA 2016; White Cargo, Mainstream, UK, 2007; NYU Press, USA, 2008.

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