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Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King
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Written by a direct descendant of the union between Nell Gwyn and King Charles II, Nell Gwyn tells the story of one of England’s great folk heroines, a woman who rose from an impoverished, abusive childhood to become King Charles II’s most cherished mistress, and the star of one of the great love stories of royal history. Born during a tumultuous period in England’s past, Nell Gwyn caught the eye of King Charles II, the newly restored, pleasure-seeking merry monarch” of a nation in full hedonistic reaction to Puritan rule. Their seventeen-year love affair played out against the backdrop of the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague, court scandals, and the constant threat of political revolution. Despite his other lovers’ Machiavellian efforts to win the king’s favor and humiliate Nell, the self-proclaimed Protestant whore” earned the devotion of her king and the love of her nation, becoming England’s first people’s princess.” Magnificently recreating the heady and licentious, yet politically charged atmosphere of Restoration England, Nell Gwyn tells the true-life Cinderella story of a common orange salesgirl who became mistress to a king.
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"Beautiful, quick-witted and sexually magnetic, Nell Gwyn remains one of England's great folk heroines. The story of her exceptional rise from an impoverished, abusive childhood to the wealth and connections that came with being Charles II's mistress is a highly charged mix of lust, money, high politics and love." "'Pretty Nelly', as Samuel Pepys called her in his diary, was famously spotted selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The job was already an improvement for a girl who'd grown up in a brothel and sold oysters on the street. Her wit and charm brought her to the attention of one of the theatre's leading actors, Charles Hart, and under his patronage she took to the stage. Through a series of sparkling performances she soon established herself as the greatest comedienne of her day, feted by audiences and befriended by the great dramatists of the age, such as Aphra Behn and Dryden, both of whom wrote parts specifically for her. It was while she was performing that she caught the eye of Charles II, the newly restored pleasure-seeking 'merry monarch' of a nation in full hedonistic reaction to Puritan rule. Their seventeen-year affair is one of the great love stories of our history, played out against the dramatic backdrop of fire, plague, court intrigue and political turmoil. Despite his other lovers, Nell earned the King's particular devotion and their genuine love lasted until their deaths." "Charles Beauclerk has recreated the heady, licentious, yet politically charged atmosphere of Charles II's court, and reveals to us the true nature of Nell Gwyn's world and her relationship with the King. From her origins, earliest affairs and stage performances to her friendships, lavish domestic arrangements and dealings with other courtesans, this portrayal casts fresh light on the real Nell Gwyn, on Charles II and on the Restoration period itself."--BOOK JACKET.
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