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Gillian Bagwell

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Nell Gwynn rose from poverty to become a beloved comic actress and mistress of Charles II. Her rags-to-riches odyssey takes the reader through the newly-opened London theatres, the last plague epidemic, the Great Fire of 1666, and the licentious court.

Please visit my website,, to read blogs of my research adventures, articles on the eventful months of 1660, and news of my upcoming second book.

Thanks for all you do,
Gillian Bagwell

"[A] richly engaging portrait of the life and times of one of history's most appealing characters!" - Diana Gabaldon

"... an absolute triumph as a debut novel.... [a]n absolutely brilliant addition to the historical fiction genre .... Nell would have applauded in approval and probably done a little jig to celebrate her tribute." - Kayla Posney, Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

5 Stars! – Historical Novel Review
5 Stars! – Passages to the Past
5 Stars! – The Book Buff
5 Stars plus! – Historically Obsessed
The Darling Strumpet / Gillian Bagwell / Berkley Trade / Paperback; 384 Pages
Price: $15.00 / ISBN: 978-0425238592 / Published: January, 2011
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