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Book Title: The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn, Who Captured the Heart of England and King Charles II|
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The author of the book: Gillian Bagwell
Edition: Berkley Books
Date of issue: January 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781101478431
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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.
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Read information about the authorGillian Bagwell's richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
"Venus in Winter" based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed dynast Bess of Hardwick, begins with Bess's introduction to the court of Henry VIII just as the king weds Anne of Cleves. Bess quickly learns to navigate the treacherous waters, and survives the turbulent reigns of five Tudor monarchs to become of the most powerful women in the history of England.
"The Darling Strumpet" puts the reader smack in the tumultuous world of seventeenth century London, charting Nell Gwynn's meteoric rise from the grimy slums to triumph as a beloved comic actress, through the cataclysmic years of the last plague epidemic and the Great Fire of 1666, to the licentious court and the arms of the king.
"The September Queen" (U.K. title "The King's Mistress") is the first fictional accounting of the extraordinary real-life adventure of Jane Lane, who risked all to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651, saving his life and the future of the English monarchy.
Gillian uses her years of experience in theatre an actress, director, and producer to help authors give effective public readings, through workshops and private coaching.
Her life-long fascination with British history and dedication to research infuse her novels with a compelling evocation of time and place, and provide fodder for her non-fiction writing, including articles on "Frost Fairs on the River Thames," "The Royal Miracle: The Biggest What-If in English History," and "1660: The Year of the Restoration of Theatre".
Gillian blogged her research adventures for "The Darling Strumpet" and "The September Queen," including the day-by-day events of Charles II's dramatic escape after the Battle of Worcester.
Please follow Gillian on Twitter: @gillianbagwell, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillianbagwell, and visit her website,
www.gillianbagwell.com, for more on her books and upcoming events.