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Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King
 
 
Author
Charles Beauclerk.
Publisher Grove  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9780871139269
Pages/Publication Date 432/2005
Daedalus Item Code 38485
List Price: Import
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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 a hard childhood on the streets of London to become a leading comic actress and then Charles II's most cherished mistress is a highly charged mix of lust, money, politics, and love. Her 17-year love affair with the pleasure-seeking "merry monarch" played out against the backdrop of the Restoration, the disasters of the Great Fire and the Great Plague, and the constant threat of revolution. Historian Charles Beauclerk, a direct descendant of Nell and Charles, tells her story "with obvious relish ... [in] a biography that feels like a good long gossip."Mail on Sunday (London)

"As well as being a cracking good read, this is both a scholarly, sympathetic, mature and thought-provoking biography of our finest folk heroine and a well-rounded portrait of Restoration England."Spectator (UK)

 
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