Eleanor Gwyn

Standard Name: Gwyn, Eleanor
Used Form: Nell Gwyn


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Cultural formation John Dryden
Dryden parallelled his former switch in political allegiance in probably 1685, with a switch of religious allegiance, converting from Anglicanism to Catholicism . He was vulnerable to charges of time-serving since he did this at...
Dedications Aphra Behn
AB dedicated The Feigned Courtesans in print to the king's mistress Nell Gwyn , who was said to be illiterate. As published, by Jacob Tonson , it was one of the most shoddily produced and...
Friends, Associates Mary Jones
MJ corresponded with Charlotte Lennox and with publisher Ralph Griffiths and his wife Isabella . Her friendship was valued by literary men like Samuel Johnson , Joseph Spence , Thomas Warton , and apparently Bonnell Thornton
Textual Features Sarah Green
It opens in France and England during what was in England the interregnum period, and moves onwards into the reign of Charles II . The heroine writes her story retrospectively in a letter to a...
Textual Features Vita Sackville-West
VSW has a sharp eye for women in history, for non-noble individuals who touched the story of Knole. As well as queens, duchesses, and countesses, she provides lively sketches of the actresses Nell Gwyn and...
Textual Features George Bernard Shaw
In it, Charles II , Nell Gwyn , Isaac Newton , and George Fox , among others, debate religious, scientific, and artistic issues.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Emma Robinson
The highly involved plot of this novel brought together a number of high-profile historical London figures to surround the hero and heroine of its love-story: the Merry Monarch himself, his lower-class mistress Nell Gwyn ...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Christopher St John
The First Actress draws an implicit parallel between the admission of women to the vote and their admission to stage acting at the Restoration. Peggy Hughes , presented as first woman in the London professional...


2 March 1667: Dryden's Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen...

Writing climate item

2 March 1667

Dryden 's Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen had its first performance at Drury Lane Theatre , with Nell Gwyn in the cast and Samuel Pepys , Charles II , and the future James II in the audience.

May 1752: The Gentleman's Magazine printed a recuperative...

Women writers item

May 1752

The Gentleman's Magazine printed a recuperative Memoirs of Mrs Ellen Gwynn: it praises talent, excuses sexual licence, and suggests that only circumstances prevented her from being virtuous.


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