The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell
A Novel of Nell Gwynn, Who Captured the Heart of England and King Charles

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A thrilling debut novel starring one of history's most famous and beloved courtesans.

From London's slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet transports the reader to the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England, charting 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 was born into poverty but is drawn into the enthralling world of the theater, where her saucy humor and sensuous charm earn her a place in the King's Company. As one of the first actresses in the newly-opened playhouses, she catapults to fame, winning the affection of legions of fans-and the heart of the most powerful man in all of England, the King himself. Surrendering herself 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 possible.

About Gillian Bagwell

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Gillian Bagwell began her professional life in theater and united her lifelong love of books, British history, and the stage by writing The Darling Strumpet. Her second novel, The September Queen (U.K. title, The King’s Mistress) recounts the perilous and romantic odyssey of Jane Lane, who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651. Venus in Winter is a sweeping and romantic novel of Bess of Hardwick, the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast who is the forebear of numerous noble lines including the current royal family of Britain.
Published January 4, 2011 by Berkley. 387 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nell Gwynn's story has been told before in historical fiction, but Bagwell's story truly captivates as she makes Nell's story come to life.

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Darling Strumpet: A Novel...

Lancashire Evening Post

... Folklore has her marked down as the buxom but illiterate orange seller who
became one of the many mistresses of King Charles II.

Aug 25 2011 | Read Full Review of The Darling Strumpet: A Novel...

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