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Rupert Everett as King Charles II in 'Stage Beauty'.  Picture: Alamy

Rupert Everett as King Charles II in 'Stage Beauty'. Picture: Alamy

NELL GWYNN AFTER CHARLES II~~  FACTS:: On his deathbed in 1685 Charles begged his successor James II'Do not let poor Nelly Gwynn starve.'James generously paid Nell's debts and gave her an allowance but not for long: Nell died of 'the pox' in 1687, aged 37. She became something of a legend, as a goodnatured charmer, and an ordinary girl from the slums who was probably the only mistress of King Charles who truly loved him.

NELL GWYNN AFTER CHARLES II~~ FACTS:: On his deathbed in 1685 Charles begged his successor James II'Do not let poor Nelly Gwynn starve.'James generously paid Nell's debts and gave her an allowance but not for long: Nell died of 'the pox' in 1687, aged 37. She became something of a legend, as a goodnatured charmer, and an ordinary girl from the slums who was probably the only mistress of King Charles who truly loved him.

Charles II when Prince of Wales William Dobson (1611 – 1646, English) Poor lad - if this is supposed to represent his future heroics he had a lot to live up to.

Charles II when Prince of Wales William Dobson (1611 – 1646, English) Poor lad - if this is supposed to represent his future heroics he had a lot to live up to.

Paul Delaroche -  "Cromwell and the corpse of Charles I" 1831 oil on canvas Hamburger Kunsthalle Wikimedia Commons

Paul Delaroche - "Cromwell and the corpse of Charles I" 1831 oil on canvas Hamburger Kunsthalle Wikimedia Commons

James II, the man the Jacobites believed was the rightful King of England.   http://www.janegodmanauthor.com/

James II, the man the Jacobites believed was the rightful King of England. http://www.janegodmanauthor.com/

Louise Renee de Penacoet, Duchess of Portsmouth (1649-1734) French mistress to King Charles II - Peter Lely

Louise Renee de Penacoet, Duchess of Portsmouth (1649-1734) French mistress to King Charles II - Peter Lely

Sir Peter Lely Painting Title:	Nell Gwynne 1650-87 2

Sir Peter Lely Painting Title: Nell Gwynne 1650-87 2

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