Mistresses of King Charles II: Nell Gwyn

Charles Stuart loved women…even before he became King of England. We’re going to take a look at the women who Charles bedded, had children with but didn’t wed during his lifetime (that I’m aware of). This week we’re learning about Nell Gwyn. Eleanor “Nell” Gwyn (Gwynn/Gwynne): 2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687 Nell met Charles… Continue reading Mistresses of King Charles II: Nell Gwyn

The House of Hanover: The Poor Relations (Part 1)

Guest article written by: Alan Freer Throughout the spring of 1714 the massive bulk of Queen Anne drifted towards her inevitable expiration. She was meeting her end at a time of dynastic crisis. The Act of Settlement, passed by Parliament in 1701, stipulated that the monarch had to be of the Protestant faith and that… Continue reading The House of Hanover: The Poor Relations (Part 1)