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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Now for Nelly

Now that I've got the book about the Roman murder case on-line I'm turning my attention to my biography of Nell Gwyn, there not being a really good one - it seems to me - available on-line. What an extraordinary Court Charles II ran, with  all those ladies vying for attention - Barbara Villiers, Lucy Walter, and of course Nell herself - none of them better than they should be, but all of them clearly extremely skilful in the one thing in which Charles was most interested. No doubt it wouldn't have done Lely good not to have flattered them, but all the same they were clearly all three extremely beautiful, and my favourite picture of Nell . . . well, I leave it to you.





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