‘Nell Gwyn: A Biography’ now published by Thistle


A new edition of ‘Nell Gwyn: A Biography’ by our co-founder and director Charles Beauclerk is now available to order as a printed book and e-book through Thistle Publishing.

ISBN 978-1910670385 £3.99 ebook, £14.99 paperback

Click here to view/order on Amazon.

`Charles Beauclerk brings to this book on his ancestress a rich and deep knowledge of the period conveyed in warm, unstuffy and amusing style’
Daily Mail

`Succeeds in capturing Nell Gwyn’s vivacity, originality and essential sweetness’
The Guardian

‘Beauclerk tells Nell’s story with obvious relish… a biography that feels like a good long gossip’
The Mail on Sunday

`Revealing and entertaining.’
The Literary Review

‘Beauclerk paints a lively and detailed picture of Restoration London… very enjoyable.’
The Independent

The Book
Beautiful, quick-witted and sexually magnetic, Nell Gwyn remains one of England’s great folk-heroines. The story of her exceptional rise from an impoverished, abusive childhood, to the wealth and connections that came with being Charles II’s mistress is a dramatic mix of lust, money, high politics and love.

Famously spotted selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Drury Line, Nell’s wit and charm brought her to the attention of one of the theatre’s leading actors. Under his patronage, she soon established herself as the greatest comedienne of her day, and so caught the eye of Charles II, the newly restored ‘merry monarch’ of a nation in hedonistic reaction to puritan rule. Their seventeen-year affair is one of the great love stories of our history, played out against a backdrop of fire, plague, court intrigue and political turmoil. This vivid, personal portrayal brilliantly recreates the licentious, yet politically charged atmosphere of Charles II’s court and casts fresh light on the real Nell Gwyn, on Charles and on the restoration period.

The Author
Charles Beauclerk is a writer, lecturer and historian of 16th and 17th century literature and history with a first-class degree from Oxford. His previous books include Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom and Piano Man: A Life of John Ogdon. He is a direct descendant of Charles II and Nell Gwyn, and lives in London.

Charles Beauclerk is available for interview.

For more information please contact Andrew Lownie at Thistle Publishing on +44 020 7222 7574 or info@thistlepublishing.co.uk


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