MISTRESS OF THE BOARDS by Richard Sumner

MISTRESS OF THE BOARDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A windy bore--all about that bawdy house Orphan Annie, Nell Gwynne, and good guy Charles II who bear little resemblance to the originals. The author has stuffed this tale of Nell's progress and her three Charles--an actor, a toff, and the king--with enough Restoration slang for a Hostess Twinkie: ""I was born in the gutter and brought up. . . with rufflers, Abram men, and clapper dogeons."" Against a background of London's plague and the fire, Nell rescues the Queen from street ruffians (""I can never t'ank you""); Charles II saves a girl from flames; and Mr. Pepys brings word of the conflagration to Charles with an appropriate ""I came hot foot to see your Majesty.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Random House