Nell Gwynn


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Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (or Gwynn or Gwynne) (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687) was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. Elizabeth ... more »

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  • ''Shall the dog lie where the deer once crouched?''
    Nell Gwynn (c. 1650-1687), British actor, mistress of Charles II. Her alleged rejection of a lover after Charles II's death, 1685.
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