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This historical biography of Nell Gwynn is a terrific tale
Nell turns to whoring working for Rose's employer Madam Ross though she only recently started her courses. The patrons love her deprecating cheeky humor. She goes to watch the return of The King's Company performing Shakespeare's Henry the Fourth after years of being shut down. There she meets Robbie Duncan who takes her away from the brothel. Soon her bawdy commentary leads to her performing on the stage. When King Charles II sees her act, he makes her his favorite courtesan. Nell understands that she is the Protestant whore of the king, but also is fond of her kind lover while maneuvering the deadly royal courtesan court. She "captures the heart of England and Charles II" as even when he is dying, the monarch wants his beloved taken care of after he is gone.
This historical biography of Nell Gwynn is a terrific tale from the invigorating different perspective of a courtesan who rose from abject poverty and family abuse to become the nation's Darling Strumpet. Decades before Fielding's "lewd" classic Tom Jones, Nell's real life witty ribald comments about herself and the life in the men (paraphrasing Mae West) wanting her make for a fun look at the Restoration.
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Posted January 15, 2012
Loved this book...it drew me in!!!
From the start I was drawn into the tumultuous world of poor Nell, a street urchin. The story follows her through the struggles of survival for a low-born woman in17th century England, you cheer her on, laugh, and cry with her. Yes, she becomes a beloved mistress to the King, but there is no happy ending. It is a beautiful story about life, love, longing, and hope, with a bit of history for good measure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2012
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