Nell Gwyn

Nell Gwyn Entertains the reader with the story of the actress nell Gwyn, daughter of a brothel keeper who became Charles II s favorite mistress.
Nell Gwyn Nell Gwyn Entertains the reader with the story of the actress nell Gwyn daughter of a brothel keeper who became Charles II s favorite mistress

  • Title: Nell Gwyn
  • Author: Derek Parker
  • ISBN: 9780750927048
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Nell Gwyn”

    1. There is no truer Cinderella-story than Nell Gwynne (several spellings of her last name are used). Her life was a pure rags-to-riches story with a dose of romanticism rising from the slums to the bed of King Charles II. England’s favorite mistress (and mine too!) is portrayed in Derek Parker’s, “Nell Gwyn”.Sadly, “Nell Gwyn” is immediately spoiled with Parker’s firm conviction that Nell was basically a prostitute (with Parker even briefly mentioning the state of prostitution in Eng [...]

    2. This book on Nell Gwyn suffers an extreme surfeit of Nell Gwyn. Not surprising, given how little is known of Gwyn even today-- a word of advice, don't be born poor in the 1700s-- but disappointing all the same.

    3. Derek Parker's rendition of the life of Nell Gwyn was engaging and obviously well-researched. He was obliged to rely on the work of earlier writers to quite an extent, yet the book had a lively bounce to it.For me, Nell Gwyn became a real person, full of the colour and splash that were available at her time in history. I learned quite a bit about early theatre, since Nell was an actress, and much about the attitudes of the day, and about Charles II, England's king and Nell's lover. The king kept [...]

    4. Nell Gwyn, the most popular of Charles II's many mistresses, went from orange-seller to mother of dukes in just a few years. This biography is written with clarity and focus, but it is disappointingly short. There's not a lot of detail that can be crammed in under two hundred pages, and I came away from this book without knowing much more about Nell or her time than I did before.

    5. I am very disappointed. I couldn't finish this one. I lost interest after 100 pages. Lots of quotes of plays she was in. I was hoping for a more straight forward biography.

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