Few history undergraduates today would get away with statements such as "Women, of course, were the main target of the Puritans' blind projection of humankind's darker nature, and their status in the new regime was little better than that of children". Equally reprehensible is the extent to which authorial imagination informs his recreation of Nell Gwyn's childhood about which almost nothing is known.
While all biography is speculative to an extent, claims to know the young Nelly's fantasies grate, as do statements, later in her life, of "her most private thoughts". Beauclerk makes great claims for the Restoration as a period that saw "a spirit of female integrity This is not to say that this is a bad book. Beauclerk's appreciation of Restoration theatre both as "a subsidiary court" and "a crucible of the nation's passions" is pertinent, and his wide reading of contemporary play texts is put to good use.
Nell Gwyn's stage career lasted only seven years she retired aged 21 and her contribution - in parts written specifically for her - to a new emphasis on female independence is usually vastly underestimated. The book also succeeds in capturing Nell Gwyn's vivacity, originality and essential sweetness. Pretty and witty, she was undoubtedly excellent company. Likewise, her relationship with the king is shown here as tender as well as passionate.
She was well-developed and fun to read about, not to mention lively, but somewhat innocent in the world of court politics. Just like all of Charles II's other mistresses, Nell constantly risks the threat of him putting her aside while trying to keep his favor, bear him sons even though they are illegitimate and, most importantly, overcome the taint of her low birth. Scott does another exquisite job of painting the bawdy court of Charles II and depicting the cutthroat, yet thrilling world of royal mistress politics.
However, now that I've read about this same period four times from Scott, I feel like it's time for something else. But still, King's Favorite is another great offering from Scott. I really enjoyed this book.
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Scott really brough Nell Gwyn to life through both witty dialogue and Nell's funny antics, yet still maintained a realistic view of the womas Nell was. I think I might have enjoyed this book more had I read the "Author's Note" first. I felt that this first part of the book was just garbage, but since I finish everything I start, I found it much more interesting as I got into the historical part of the story.
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