Standard Name: Gwyn, Eleanor
Used Form: Nell Gwyn
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|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...
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 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.
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.