The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn, Who Captured the Heart of England and King Charles II
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2011-01-04
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, 17th Century
, Sex Work
I'm not really a big fan of historical fiction anyway.
Just a few brief thoughts. The book is very well written and I think the author did an excellent job of portraying Nell's life in a very vivid and readable fashion. The Restoration theatre world was fascinating and the secondary characters, particularly libertines Rochester and Buckingham were color...
This is not for me. Prostitute or no, I do not need that much detail to grasp what she had to do. Less is more.