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Tagstreason's harbour (5), Gillian Bagwell (3), Charles II (3), England (2), Tudor (2), Pepys (2), Rochester (2), Restoration (2), Nell Gwynn (2), London (2) — see all tags

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About meGillian Bagwell’s richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Venus in Winter, based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed dynast Bess of Hardwick, begins with Bess’s introduction to the court of Henry VIII just as the king weds Anne of Cleves. Bess quickly learns to navigate the treacherous waters, and survives the turbulent reigns of five Tudor monarchs to become of the most powerful women in the history of England

The Darling Strumpet puts the reader smack in the tumultuous world of seventeenth century London, charting Nell Gwynn’s meteoric rise from the grimy slums to triumph as a beloved comic actress, through the cataclysmic years of the last plague epidemic and the Great Fire of 1666, to the licentious court and the arms of the king.

The September Queen (U.K. title The King’s Mistress) is the first fictional accounting of the extraordinary real-life adventure of Jane Lane, who risked all to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651, saving his life and the future of the English monarchy.

Gillian uses her years of experience in theatre an actress, director, and producer to help authors give effective public readings, through workshops and private coaching.

Her life-long fascination with British history and dedication to research infuse her novels with a compelling evocation of time and place, and provide fodder for her non-fiction writing, including articles on “Frost Fairs on the River Thames” (, “The Royal Miracle: The Biggest What-If in English History,” (, and “1660: The Year of the Restoration of Theatre.” Gillian blogged her research adventures for The Darling Strumpet ( and The September Queen, including the day-by-day events of Charles II’s dramatic escape after the Battle of Worcester (

Please visit Gillian’s website,, for more on her books and upcoming events.

About my libraryI have only posted a small number of the books that are in my library, but will endeavor to post more! Much of my library is related to my life-long interest in England and history. Many of the books I've posted are related to research for my books.

GroupsHobnob with Authors, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag

Favorite authorsGillian Bagwell, Diana Gabaldon (Shared favorites)


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LocationBerkeley, California

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/GillianBagwell (profile)
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Member sinceOct 16, 2009

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