The King's Favorite: A Novel of Nell Gwyn and King Charles II

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The acclaimed author of Duchess and Royal Harlot returns with the unforgettable story of a king's last love and London's darling...
BR>Nell Gwyn has never been a lady, nor does she pretend to be. Blessed with impudent wit and saucy beauty, she swiftly rises from the poverty of Covent Garden to become a sensation in the theater. Still in her teens, she catches the eye of King Charles II, and trades the stage...
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The King's Favorite: A Novel of Nell Gwyn and King Charles II

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Overview

The acclaimed author of Duchess and Royal Harlot returns with the unforgettable story of a king's last love and London's darling...
BR>Nell Gwyn has never been a lady, nor does she pretend to be. Blessed with impudent wit and saucy beauty, she swiftly rises from the poverty of Covent Garden to become a sensation in the theater. Still in her teens, she catches the eye of King Charles II, and trades the stage for Whitehall Palace—and the role of royal mistress.

Even though she delights the king, she must learn to negotiate the cutthroat royal court, where ambition and lust for power rule the hearts of all around her. For beneath her charm and light-heartedness, Nell has her own ambition—to become no less than the king's favorite.
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Scott's (Royal Harlot) fictionalized account of the colorful and remarkable life of Nell Gwyn, mistress to King Charles II, gives the two a lovely mutual affection. Nell, raised in a brothel, senses she's destined for better things, and before her mother can sell her virginity to the highest bidder, she procures her own protector. Selling oranges at the Theater Royal is the next step on Nell's career path, and here she catches the eye of the king, who loves women, but does not bed young girls like Nell, who is just 13. As time passes, Nell rises to her natural role as a comic actress (in Restoration England, one step up from a whore) and has no qualms about using sex to rise yet higher. As her lovers grow in rank, she keeps the ultimate prize of the king's love in mind. Nell's life makes a lively story, but for all the wit and cleverness, the bawdy humor doesn't always translate into contemporary laughs. Just as affection, here, doesn't translate into security for Nell. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451224064
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 945,136
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Holloway Scott is a graduate of Brown University.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

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    Delightful Read

    Having read Royal Harlot (a novel of Lady Castlemaine) not long ago, I looked forward to Ms. Scott's fictionalized autobiography of another of Charles II's mistresses, and I wasn't disappointed. Saucy red-haired spitfire Nell Gwyn had her cap set for King Charles from the time she was a child, according to this novel. It isn't long before she captures his attention as an orange-seller at the King's Theatre, then secures a place as his mistress during her reign as the Theatre's queen of comedy. Ms. Scott has clearly researched the Restoration era diligently, with special attention to theatre, along with prominent personalities of the time. The genuine respect and affection between Charles II and his low-born mistress Nell are lovingly detailed. The author evidently hasn't finished with the king's legendary amorous exploits, as a novel of his French mistress Louise de Kerouaille is due out in a few months.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Not what I expected.

    Basically, the book is soft core porn. I will not be purchasing any more books by this author.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Great book for fans of English history!

    Charles II was the Merry Monarch, and his reign was exciting, eventful and in constant turmoil. His favorite mistress (one of many!) was the lowly born actress Nell Gwyn. This fast moving story shows the glamour and tragedy of the times, from Nell's front row seat. The style is a little light and frothy, with some fairly detailed sex scenes, but is a quick and fun read. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

    Not your'e usual historical novel

    I picked this up on the chance I would enjoy it as when I was a child my mother put me in a fancy dress costume parade and I won first prize. Yes, I was Nell Gywne, and yes I had the basket of oranges and threw them out to the audience, and that was about all I knew of the lady, she was so much more than that, yes, the mistress of the King, and yes a famous actress to boot. But she was also a schmeing self gratifying, mover and shaker of her day.Even if you don't like or approve of her methods, you can't help but like her by the end of the book. Ms. Scott certainly captured the essence of the time, and of the main charecters. The book held my attention from begining to end, and now I want more about the life and times of Nell and Charles

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is an entertaining raunchy fictionalized memoir

    After two decades at the top of her profession Nell Gwynn ¿never claimed to be a lady¿. However, the royal mistress was proud how far she climbed from being a young teen in 1661 London working at Madam Ross¿ bawdy house. In 1662 at thirteen she obtains her first ¿guardian¿ Mr. Duncan who protects her. A year later, Nell obtains works as an orange seller at the Royal Theater where the recently returned to the throne King Charles Stuart likes what he sees. She goes on stage and soon leaves the theater to perform her greatest and longest running role, two decades at Whitehall where lying backstabbers invoke the name of God, country and other babble to claim the moral high ground. However, she is the only one who lightens the load of King Charles II.-------------- This is an entertaining raunchy fictionalized memoir that brings alive from an ¿insider¿s¿ perspective a transformation period in English history as Cromwell is out and the Stuarts are back in. Nell comes across as intelligent and witty as she uses double entendres to get the better of hypocrites who claim to know what is morally best for others (sounds so contemporarily familiar). Genre fans will appreciate the life and times of THE KING¿S FAVORITE, as the ¿DUCHESS¿ of biographical fiction Susan Holloway Scott provides an insightful seventeenth century tale.---------- Harriet Klausner

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