Charles II s Favourite Mistress

Fisk, Deborah Payne (ed), The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000 Fraser, Antonia, King Charles II, Part II, Orion, London, 2002 Fraser, Antonia, The Weaker Vessel, Ted Smart, ...

Charles II s Favourite Mistress

Nell Gwyn, the most infamous mistress of Charles II, was a commoner raised from the dingy back alleys of London to the stage and into a king’s arms. Hers was a true rags to riches story that saw a young girl rise from selling oranges to capturing the heart of a king. The Restoration period was one of change. After the troubled years of the English Civil War, it was time for pleasure, debauchery and entertainment with the ‘Merry Monarch’ restored to the throne. Nell was one of the first actresses on stage; a loveable comedienne who wowed audiences with her wit and charm. She fell in love with Charles Hart (one of the leading actors of the time), had a torrid affair with Lord Buckhurst and ultimately ended up in the king’s bed. She stayed on the stage for six years, but she stayed in the king’s heart for seventeen – his only mistress who was faithful to him. Set against the backdrop of Restoration London, this book charts Nell’s life and that of her family and friends – from her drunken mother and troublesome sister to the most notorious wits of the age John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester and George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Nell had a generous heart and a mischievous spirit, and was friends with people from all walks of life. The only woman she really detested was another of the king’s mistresses, Louise de Kerouaille, known as the French Spy. This highly entertaining book will tell the story of Nell’s life – the good and the bad – and show why Nell truly embodies the spirit of the Restoration.

Memoirs of the Court of Charles II

There the graces protected and promoted him ; for while he was an ensign of the guards , the Duchess of Cleveland , then favourite mistress to King Charles II . , struck by those very graces , gave him five thousand pounds ; with which ...

Memoirs of the Court of Charles II


Charles II Penguin Monarchs

... Villiers and Charles Fitzroy (c.1664) by Sir Peter Lely epitomizes the audacity with which baroque portraiture's conventional pieties were derailed when Charles II's court painter chose to present the king's favourite mistress and ...

Charles II  Penguin Monarchs

Charles II has always been one of the most instantly recognisable British kings - both in his physical appearance, disseminated through endless portraits, prints and pub signs, and in his complicated mix of lasciviousness, cynicism and luxury. His father's execution and his own many years of exile made him a guarded, curious, unusually self-conscious ruler. He lived through some of the most striking events in the national history - from the Civil Wars to the Great Plague, from the Fire of London to the wars with the Dutch. Clare Jackson's marvellous book takes full advantage of its irrepressible subject.

The Protestant Whore

Were Charles II to swive 'concubines that's Protestant,' rather than a Catholic mistress, he would bear less of a ... scant attention to Charles II's favourite mistress, 'Portsmouth's own contemporaries could not afford to ignore her.

The Protestant Whore

After the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, Protestants worried that King Charles II might favour religious freedom for Roman Catholics, and many suspected that the king was unduly influenced by his Catholic mistresses. Nell Gwyn, actress and royal mistress, stood apart by virtue of her Protestant loyalty. In 1681, Gwyn, her carriage surrounded by an angry anti-Catholic mob, famously declared 'I am the protestant whore.' Her self-branding invites an investigation into the alignment between sex and politics during this period, and in this study, Alison Conway relates courtesan narrative to cultural and religious anxieties. In new readings of canonical works by Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, and Samuel Richardson, Conway argues that authors engaged the same questions about identity, nation, authority, literature, and politics as those pursued by Restoration polemicists. Her study reveals the recurring connection between sexual impropriety and religious heterodoxy in Restoration thought, and Nell Gwyn, writ large as the nation's Protestant Whore, is shown to be a significant figure of sexual, political, and religious controversy.

Charles Camilla

Louise dc Kéroualle (1649—i 7 34) was a favourite mistress of King Charles II - perhaps the favourite. As he approached the end of his life, Charles begged his brother james to ensure 'that Nellie might not starve'. but of Louise he ...

Charles   Camilla

This is the definitive account of one of the most extraordinary stories of our time. Gyles Brandreth, acclaimed biographer of the Queen and Prince Philip, presents a unique portrait of their son, Charles, Prince of Wales, and of the one 'non-negotiable' love of his life, Camilla Shand, now Duchess of Cornwall. What are Charles and Camilla really like? What is their heritage? What has made them the way they are? This is both a revealing portrait of two unusual individuals and a family saga like no other, told with unrivalled authority and insight - and humour - by a best-selling writer who has met all the key characters in the drama: Charles, Camilla, Diana, their children, their families and their friends.

Memoirs of the Court of Charles the Second

There the graces protected and promoted him ; for while he was an ensign of the guards , the Duchess of Cleveland , then favourite mistress to King Charles II . , struck by those very graces , gave him five thousand pounds ; with which ...

Memoirs of the Court of Charles the Second


Who s Buried Where in London

The grave of the great actress Sarah Siddons in the churchyard of St Mary's Paddington. famous was eleanor (nell) Gwyn (1651–87), the Charles II's favourite mistress. Many artists actress who became were buried here, including nicholas ...

Who   s Buried Where in London

London's many cemeteries, churches and graveyards are the last resting places of a multitude of important people from many different walks of life. Politicians, writers and military heroes rub shoulders with engineers, courtesans, artists and musicians, along with quite a few eccentric characters. Arranged geographically, this comprehensive guide describes famous graves in all the major cemeteries and churches in Greater London, including Highgate, Kensal Green, Westminster Abbey, and St Paul's Cathedral, as well as the City churches and many suburban parish churches. The book gives biographical details, information on the monuments, and is richly illustrated. As well as being an historical guide, it also serves as an indispensable reference guide for any budding tombstone tourist.

Faces of Perfect Ebony

Portraitists also constructed a mistress's beauty through the status conferred by the subordinated black presence. ... known 1682 portrait of Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth (Charles II's favorite mistress in the 1670s), ...

Faces of Perfect Ebony

Though blacks were not often seen on the streets of seventeenth-century London, they were already capturing the British imagination. In her exploration of this emerging black presence, Molineux assembles evidence ranging from shop signs, tea trays, trading cards, board games, and playing cards to song ballads and William Hogarth’s graphic satires.

Some Reflections Upon Marriage

Mazarin's first cousins, Charles II of England, and Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, both proposed marriage to Hortense, ... went to England in (xii) DUSSINGER, INTRODUCTION 1675 and eventually became Charles II's favorite mistress.

Some Reflections Upon Marriage

Published anonymously in 1700, Some Reflections upon Marriage lamented the inequities of the institution of marriage and reasoned against it with both traditional and innovative arguments. Mary Astell's tract, written in response to an infamous divorce case, forcefully argued against the grim but all-too-common prospect of a marriage of necessity to a man in search of power, money, or a trophy wife. Astell proposed education as the solution to women's second-class status, stating that knowledge alone could lead to a partnership based on friendship and respect. "Let us learn to pride ourselves in something more excellent than the invention of a fashion," she wrote, and her well-reasoned arguments soon won her a wide readership.

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse

Their daughter , Catherine , was later to become the favourite mistress of Charles II's brother , James . Sedley became a member of Parliament after the Restoration . A number of scandals were associated with him , generally related to ...

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse

The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at its end. There are generous selections from the work of all major writers, and a representation of the work of virtually every writer of significance. The work of women writers figures prominently, with extensive selections not only from canonical writers such as Behn and Bradstreet, but also from other writers (such as Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish) who have been receiving considerable scholarly attention in recent years. The anthology is broadly inclusive, with writing from America as well as from the British Isles. Memoirs, letters, political texts, travel writing, prophetic literature, street ballads, and pamphlet literature are all here, as is a full representation of the literary poetry and prose of the period, including the poetry of Jonson; the prose of Bacon; the metaphysical poetry of Donne, Herbert, Marvell, and others; the lyric verse of Herrick; and substantial selections from the poetry and prose of Milton and Dryden. (While Samson Agonistes is included in its entirety, Milton’s epic poems have been excluded, in order to allow space for other works not so readily accessible elsewhere.) The editors have included complete works wherever possible. A headnote by the editors introduces each author, and each selection has been newly annotated.

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse and Prose

Their daughter, Catherine, was later to become the favourite mistress of Charles II's brother, James. Sedley became a member of Parliament after the Restoration. A number of scandals were associated with him, generally related to his ...

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse and Prose

The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at its end. There are generous selections from the work of all major writers, and a representation of the work of virtually every writer of significance. The work of women writers figures prominently, with extensive selections not only from canonical writers such as Behn and Bradstreet, but also from other writers (such as Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish) who have been receiving considerable scholarly attention in recent years. The anthology is broadly inclusive, with writing from America as well as from the British Isles. Memoirs, letters, political texts, travel writing, prophetic literature, street ballads, and pamphlet literature are all here, as is a full representation of the literary poetry and prose of the period, including the poetry of Jonson; the prose of Bacon; the metaphysical poetry of Donne, Herbert, Marvell, and others; the lyric verse of Herrick; and substantial selections from the poetry and prose of Milton and Dryden. (While Samson Agonistes is included in its entirety, Milton’s epic poems have been excluded, in order to allow space for other works not so readily accessible elsewhere.) The editors have included complete works wherever possible. A headnote by the editors introduces each author, and each selection has been newly annotated.

Scottish Soldiers in France in the Reign of the Sun King

Significantly, this occurred only one month after his influential friend, the Duc de Vendôme, Grand Prior of France of the Order of Malta, and the reputed lover of the favourite mistress of Charles II—Louise-Renée de ...

Scottish Soldiers in France in the Reign of the Sun King

This study of Scottish soldiers in France in the age of the Sun King provides fascinating information about the visicitudes suffered by the brave personnel of the regiment of George Douglas, Earl of Dumbarton. Hardly the heirs of an 'auld' alliance amity, they became the playthings of a king intent on transforming the nature of war in his era.

The Age of Faction

43 , and The life , amours , and secret history of Francelia , late duchess of Portsmouth favourite mistress to King Charles II ( 1734 ) , p . 52 . 37 Robert Boyle quoted in Oxford English Dictionary , ' Wiť . 38 Wilson , Court Satires ...

The Age of Faction

Monarchical government in the later 17th century was a political fact of life and remains central to an understanding of the period. The subject of this book is the court of the later Stuart kings in the period 1660-1702. Its purpose is to provide an introduction to some of the emergent themes of court politics, culture and society. Marshall achieves this by analyzing the ritual side of court government in its structural, political and cultural guises.

Poetical Works

Charles II's favourite mistress retained her His slumbers short , his bed the herbless ground : beauty till near seventy years of age . Sir Peter Lely , in a In tasks of danger always seen the first , high strain of flattery , drew her ...

Poetical Works


A Biographical History of England from Egbert the Great to the Revolution

CHARLES II . CLASS III . At Dalkeith House , the seat of the duke of Buccleugh , in Scotland , are portraits of the ... Charles Lenos * , duke of Richmond , was a na- Created , tural son of Charles II . by his favourite mistress , Aug.

A Biographical History of England  from Egbert the Great to the Revolution


Waverley Novels Peveril of the Peak

The Duchess of Portsmouth , ceivable rapidity , and every species of Charles's II.'s favourite mistress ; very horror was apprehended - every report , unpopular at the time of the Popish Plot , the more absurd the better , eagerly lis- ...

Waverley Novels  Peveril of the Peak


Waverley Novels

The Duchess of Portsmouth , Charles II.'s favorite mistress ; very unpopular , at the time of the Popish Plot , as well from her religion as her country , being a Frenchwoman and a Catholic . 5. Page 44. Anthony Ashley Cooper , Earl of ...

Waverley Novels


Sharpe s Peerage of the British Empire exhibiting its present state and deducing the existing descents from the ancient nobility of England Scotland and Ireland

ALBANS , K. G. son - in - law and heir , born 1670 , son of K. Charles II . by his favourite mistress , Eleanor Gwynn , who first caught the attention of the gay monarch at the theatre , by her performance of a character in a play of ...

Sharpe s Peerage of the British Empire exhibiting its present state and deducing the existing descents from the ancient nobility of England  Scotland and Ireland


The Broken Boy

The Duke was a descendant of Nell Gwyn, Charles II's favourite mistress of whom he famously said: 'Don't let poor Nelly starve.' He was well off – he owned seven thousand acres in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire – rather than ...

The Broken Boy

It is very easy to get polio. Patrick Cockburn was six when he woke up one day in the summer of 1956 with a headache and a sore throat. His parents, Claud and Patricia Cockburn, had recently returned to Ireland, to their house in East Cork, careless of the fact that a polio epidemic had broken out in Cork City. He caught the disease and was taken to the fever hospital. The virus attacks the nerves of the brain and the spinal cord leading to paralysis of the muscles. Patrick could no longer walk. The Broken Boy is at once a memoir of Patrick Cockburn's own experience of polio, a portrait of his parents, both prominent radicals, and the story of the Cork epidemic, the last great polio epidemic in the world.

Talisman

Another illegitimate descendant of Charles II, who presided in the French lodge La Loge d'Aubigny, was the Duke of Richmond, grandson of the Duchess of Portsmouth, Louise de Keroualle, a favourite mistress of Charles II.

Talisman

A roller coaster intellectual journey through the back streets and rat runs of history to uncover the traces in architecture and monuments of a secret religion that has shaped the world.