A thrilling debut novel starring one of history's most famous and
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.
About The Author
Gillian Bagwell started her professional life as an actress and then moved to directing and producing. Founding The Pasadena Shakespeare Company in 1994, she produced thirty-seven productions over nine seasons.
"[A] richly engaging portrait of the life and times of one of history's most appealing characters!"--Diana Gabaldon, author of The Scottish Prisoner "Bawdy and poignant...An ebullient page-turner!"--Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Romances
"Hard to resist this sort of seduction."--C. C. Humphreys, author of Shakespeare's Rebel
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 4th January 2011
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.32