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|Named Person:||Nell Gwyn; Charles, King of England; Nell Gwyn; König II ) Karl (England; Charles, King of England; Nell Gwyn|
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|Description:||x, 432 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Shining white --
Humble beginnings --
Rising from the ashes --
A king of love --
Stepping up --
Stars in her eyes --
The wild mistress --
Her Charles the Third --
A bastard grace --
Final curtain --
A chargeable lady --
Foreign honours --
The court jester --
a deadly pursuit --
The last reckoning --
In the shadows --
Epilogue: The house of Nell Gwyn.
"'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."--Jacket.
- Gwyn, Nell, -- 1650-1687.
- Charles -- II, -- King of England, -- 1630-1685 -- Relations with women.
- Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Paramours -- Biography.
- Favorites, Royal -- Great Britain -- Biography.
- Actresses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
- Gwyn, Nell.
- Karl (England, König, II.)
- Charles -- II, -- King of England, -- 1630-1685.
- Favorites, Royal.
- Kings and rulers -- Paramours.
- Relations with women.
- Great Britain.