Infamous Collection: NELL GWYNN
Scent Profile: Fruity
Eleanor "Nell" Gwynn was born in 1650 and is one of history's great rags to riches tales. Likely born into poverty in London to a mother who ran a brothel, Nell spent much of her early life in the playhouse, first as an orange seller and then later as one of the very first actresses upon the English stage. She was a great favorite of noted diarist Samuel Pepys, and was considered a star in her own right.
Charles II of England was newly-reinstated to the English throne after the long, austere slog of the Cromwell years, and he busied himself with many mistresses. Hoping to supplant Barbara Palmer, Lady Castlemaine, the king's favorite was a man named Charles Villiers, the Duke of Buckinham. He introduced Nell to the King in hopes they would get on, thus placing him closer to the King's ear. Despite an early hiccup regarding the price of her affections (which may or may not have been resolved with a well-placed laxative), by 1668, the King was in love with his "pretty, witty Nell." Famed for her bawdy sense of humor, Nell often called the King her "Charles the Third," as she'd already had two prior lovers named Charles. Together, they produced two children, although only one survived.
While Charles had many mistresses over his reign, Nell's main competition was Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, who was deeply unpopular with the people due to her Catholicism and her generaly over-wrought sensibilities. Nell called her "Squintabella" and "The Weeping Willow," as there was clearly no love lost between them. Louise was high-born and used to the finer aspects of courtly life, and looked down on low-born Nell.
In 1861, the people of Oxford stopped a carriage carrying Nell, wrongly believing it contained the hated Louise. All was put to rights when she poked her ringleted head from the window and proclaimed, "Good people, you are mistaken! I am the Protestant whore!"
After the death of Charles, she was provided for by King James II, who obeyed Charles's dying wish to "let not poor Nelly starve." She herself passed in 1687, less than three years later.
Available in candle tin or glass tumbler format.
Tins: Our 8oz candle tin measures 3" wide by 2" deep, and holds approximately 7 oz of wax by weight. The wax is topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The candles burn for approximately 30-35 hours.
Glass tumblers: These candles measure 3" wide by 3.5" tall, and contain 9 oz of wax for a burn time of 40+ hours. They are topped with a candle-safe glittering overspray.
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