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Barbara Villiers: Perhaps the all-time favorite mistress of Charles II, she was no gutter snipe but was born into a noble family that lost it all after the execution of Charles I. Her family backed Charles II and his Restoration of the monarchy and were thrilled when then-married Barbara took up with His Majesty.
She was beautiful, with a thick shock of brown hair and violet-blue eyes. She was a very fashionable lady and well-loved by the king. She had five children by him, and he, ever the gent, legitimized all of them and gave them vast fortunes and titles, as he did their mother, who ended up as the Duchess of Cleveland in her own right!
Of course, she feuded with the poor, plain queen, Catherine of Braganza, but Barbara's fierce temper always overcame any objection. On the other hand, she could be the kindest person in the room. In short, she was larger than life and very dramatic, just like your friends on Facebook.
Shockingly, royal mistresses also took lovers, and the king knew all about them. Barbara took up with others but always knew that keeping things dignified and under wraps was required.
Barbara was the king's lover for 25 years until it was made illegal for Catholics to hold office in England. As the Lady of the Bedchamber, she had to step down and was asked by the king to retreat from London and live quietly. Maybe her beauty had run its course, maybe she had made the king tired of her, maybe her many enemies had whispered the right thing into the king's ear, but by this time, it was done.
Barbara managed to stay away for several years but finally wormed her way back into the king's good graces. Upon the death of Charles, she married one last time, but it was an unhappy union.
Egyptian Red Musk, a dusting of darkest and somewhat bitter chocolate, a nice smooth amber, a tiny bit of orange zest, and a very light infusion of mint.
Resinous, fruity, refreshing.