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Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II

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Post  Susan Abernethy on Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:56 pm

Nell Gwyn had a successful career in Restoration London Theatre before she became the mistress of the Merry Monarch, King Charles II of England.

Click on the link below to read her story:

http://saintssistersandsluts.com/nell-gwyn-mistress-of-king-charles-ii-of-england-3/

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Re: Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II

Post  Bunnies on Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:37 pm

My favorite story about this woman is one which you alluded to briefly in your article, when her carriage was mobbed, the 'rabble' suspecting that it housed Charles II's Catholic mistress.

Nell Gwynn soothed the tensions. "I am but the Protestant whore."

(I paraphrase).

Classy.
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Nell Gwyn

Post  Susan Abernethy on Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:45 pm

Bunnies wrote:My favorite story about this woman is one which you alluded to briefly in your article, when her carriage was mobbed, the 'rabble' suspecting that it housed Charles II's Catholic mistress.

Nell Gwynn soothed the tensions. "I am but the Protestant whore."

(I paraphrase).

Classy.

Hi Bunnies!

I know! That is a good one! She knew how to work a crowd.

Susan
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Re: Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II

Post  Richard Malcolm on Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:55 pm

My favorite story about this woman is one which you alluded to briefly in your article, when her carriage was mobbed, the 'rabble' suspecting that it housed Charles II's Catholic mistress.

Nell Gwynn soothed the tensions. "I am but the Protestant whore."


That incident, by the way, is marvelously depicted by Emma Pierson, playing Gwynn, in the 2003 BBC mini-series Charles II: The Power and The Passion. It's worth getting the Region 2 DVD of it, as the American version chops out about an hour's worth.

You can see the scene here at about the 6:35 mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lNvE5oIj_Y&NR=1
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Re: Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II

Post  Bunnies on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:16 pm

Yes, I've seen clips from this series but I've never buckled down to buy it yet! Inexcusable, really, since Charles II ranks as one of my favorite monarchs. Thank you!
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