Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a Kingby Charles Beauclerk
Nell Gwyn was famously spotted selling
Beautiful, quick-witted and sexually magnetic, Nell Gwyn remains one of England's great heroines. The story of her incredible rise from an impoverished, abusive childhood to the wealth and connections that came with being King Charles II's most cherished mistress is one of the greatest love stories of Royal history.
Nell Gwyn was famously spotted selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The job was already an improvement for a girl who grew up in a brothel and sold oysters on the street. Her wit and charm brought her to the attention of numerous suitors, including one of the theater's leading actors, Charles Hart. Under his patronage she took to the stage, where she 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."
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