The Last King: the Power and the Passion of Charles II (2004) short review

Very entertaining look at this British monarch, with the yummy Rufus Sewell in the title role.  Luckily he was not only married (Shirley Henderson as Catherine of Braganza), but had many mistresses (Nell Gwyn, Barbara Villiers [played by Helen McCrory] and a sister (played by Anne-Marie Duff), all of whom are in splendiferous 17th century costumes.  Lots of sex and intrigue.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.