From London’s slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet charts the meteoric rise of the dazzling Nell Gwynn, who captivates the heart of King Charles II—and becomes one of the century’s most famous courtesans… Witty and ...
Author: Gillian Bagwell
From London’s slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet charts the meteoric rise of the dazzling Nell Gwynn, who captivates the heart of King Charles II—and becomes one of the century’s most famous courtesans… Witty and beautiful, Nell Gwynn is born into poverty, and trades her mother’s treacherous grasp for the grim life of a prostitute at a precious young age. But before long she finds herself drawn to the theater, where she earns a place in the King’s Company. As one of the first actresses in the newly opened playhouses, her talents and charms win the crowds’ affection—and the heart of her leading man. But when she catches the eye of the king himself, her life is transformed in ways she could never have imagined. Surrendering her body and heart to Charles, Nell will be forced to maneuver the ruthless and shifting allegiances of the royal court—and discover a world of decadence and passion she never imagined was possible…
I would definitely recommend The Darling Strumpet to anyone looking for a rich
and spicy January read.” —The Misadventures of Moppet “Written in the vein of
Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl and Tracy Chevalier's The Lady and the
Author: Gillian Bagwell
The author of The September Queen explores Tudor England with the tale of Bess of Hardwick—the formidable four-time widowed Tudor dynast who became one of the most powerful women in the history of England. On her twelfth birthday, Bess of Hardwick receives the news that she is to be a waiting gentlewoman in the household of Lady Zouche. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, Bess is terrified of leaving home. But as her family has neither the money nor the connections to find her a good husband, she must go to facilitate her rise in society. When Bess arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII, she is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate. The gruesome fates of Henry’s wives convince Bess that marrying is a dangerous business. Even so, she finds the courage to wed not once, but four times. Bess outlives one husband, then another, securing her status as a woman of property. But it is when she is widowed a third time that she is left with a large fortune and even larger decisions—discovering that, for a woman of substance, the power and the possibilities are endless . . .
Nell would have given Madonna and Lady Gaga a run for their money had they
been around back then! The Darling Strumpet is a welltold historical romance
that will be enjoyed by Anglophiles and fans of the days of old alike.” —Fresh
Author: Gillian Bagwell
Charles II is running for his life-and into the arms of a woman who will risk all for king and country. Jane Lane is of marrying age, but she longs for adventure. She has pushed every potential suitor away-even those who could provide everything for her. Then one day, adventure makes its way to her doorstep, and with it comes mortal danger... Royalists fighting to restore the crown to King Charles II implore Jane to help. Jane must transport him to safety, disguised as a manservant. As she places herself in harm's way, she finds herself falling in love with the gallant young Charles. And despite his reputation as a breaker of hearts, Jane finds herself surrendering to a passion that will change her life forever.
—Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet and The September Queen “
Engrossing and vividly rendered. . . . A mesmerizing tableau of what it meant to
be a queen.” —C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
Author: Sherry Jones
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance. In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page. With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.
But try to come , my darling . ” “ If not , I'll be here Tuesday . ” “ That reminds me ,
Sarah , I may have to go out of town in a few weeks . But , ” he smiled at her
startled look , “ it won't be for long . It's nothing , just a trip to San Francisco to look
The strumpets all go to him ; they don ' t take so much as a glance at the others . )
FIRST STRUMPET . Vanka , oh Vanka , you dashing young gallant . I ' ve poured
you a goblet of young wine , and added sweetest mead . You , who are the ...
As Rochester put it : She ' s now the darling Strumpet of the Crowd , Forgets her
State , and talks to them aloud ; Lays by her greatness and descends to prate
With those ' bove whom she ' s rais ' d by wondrous Fate . On 16 February 1680
She was the darling strumpet of the crowd . Indeed , it was her ability to make
people laugh with her wit , humour and a delicious line in mimicry , that is
perhaps her most endearing talent . In a court of educated dukes and earls , the
She ' s now the Darling Strumpet of the Croud ; Forgets her State and talks to
them aloud ; Lays by her Greatness and descends to prate With those ' bove
whom she ' s rais ' d by wondrous fate : True to the Protestant Interest and Cause
, True ...
Author: Harold Love
Publisher: Penguin Classics
The decades between 1660 and 1700 were a time of vigorous questioning, momentous political experiment, and exhilarating change in England. This comprehensive volume of Restoration poetry is organized by themes ranging from libertines to moralists and visionaries. The book covers writing by such well-known poets as Milton, Dryden, Marvell, and Aphra Behn, along with selections by less familiar authors. Includes biographical notes on each poet.
A Panegyric , 1681 , recognises Nell ' s attempts to fashion herself as a Protestant
icon : She ' s now the darling strumpet of the crowd , Forgets her state , and talks
to them aloud ; Lays by her greatness and descends to prate With those ' bove ...
Later English actresses would be judged , in large part , by their performances of
the roles Betterton originated . Nell Gwynn seems to have been the first real
female " celebrity ” of the stage . She was called " the darling strumpet of the
crowd ” .
Even before she was picked up by the King , ' the darling strumpet of the crowd ' (
as a satirist called her ) enjoyed unusual news - value within the playgoing world
. The authors of prologues and epilogues helped her to sell the image of ...
Author: Richard Findlater
Publisher: New York : Taplinger Publishing Company
Author: Peter de Vere Beauclerk-DewarPublish On: 2006
... as being the darling strumpet of the crowd . In fact the meeting of Charles II and
Nelly seems to have been very contrived . Pepys records in July 1668 that ' my
Lord Buckhurst hath got Nell away from the King ' s House , and gives her £100 a
Author: Peter de Vere Beauclerk-Dewar
Publisher: Burkes Peerage & Gentry Llc
Since 1066 when William the Conqueror (alias William the Bastard) took the throne, English and Scottish kings have sired at least 150 children out of wedlock. Many were acknowledged at court and founded dynasties of their own - several of today's dukedoms are descended from them. Others were only acknowledged grudgingly or not at all. In the 20th century this trend for Royals to father illegitimate children continued, but the parentage, while highly probable, has not been officially recognised. This book is a new, genuinely fresh approach to British "Kings and Queens", examining their lives and times through the unfamiliar perspective of their illegitimate children. Interviewees include many of their descendants. But beyond personal narratives it also sheds light on the perennially fascinating topic of sexual habits; the links between politics, power and patronage; the class system, scandal and celebrity; and the different expectations we have of men and women.
But perhaps she was not quite as obscure as Nell Gwyn , ' the darling strumpet of
the crowd , with her long - remembered oranges . If , indeed , Hollar ' s daughter
moved in circles where being a Beauty ' was a generally recognised role , as ...
Author: Gillian Tindall
The fascinating story of the artist/engraver who drew London before and after the Great Fire of 1666. A young engraver making a precarious living wandering around Europe, Hollar was employed by an English lord who took him to London, where he became known for his fashion plates, maps and panoramas.
She was the darling strumpet of the crowd . Lord Rochester reported , “ Anybody
may know she has been an orange wench by her swearfor medicinal purposes
and for an exquisite flavouring in food and drink . Oranges were grown within ...
... some darling strumpet struggling drunk one obstreperous day of brawling , for
north - winds brawled - drizzle , mist , gloom , cold ; but he , soon flushed , soon
had his jacket flung away to cover some wretch's shiverings — what was left of it
It was no longer much protection against the driving rain , but it held off the wind a
little and hid them from the roadway . Fitz took her in his arms again and she said
: “ My darling , I kept you waiting , and you ' re soaked . ” “ It doesn ' t matter ...
She remains the epitome of the respectable prostitute , and the only darling strumpet of the warm - hearted British public . If her own respectability is hard to
maintain there is no doubt whatever of that concerning her grandson , James ...
Prostitute— most popular in English history Nell Gwynne has been represented
as "the only darling strumpet of the warm-hearted British public (279)" Swinburne
wrote of her— "Nell Gwynne Sweet heart, that no taint of the throne or the stage ...
To undo my darling ! May confusion seize - Heaven ... The vile strumpet has
basely deserted her parents without any provocation , thus to bring your gray
hairs to the grave , and I must shortly follow . " In this manner that night , the first of