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from the Guardian

Graphic portrait of Charles II's mistress comes to light

Charles II's lover Nell Gwyn as captured by an anonymous 17th-century hand... Symbolic that she handles sausage?

The actress Nell Gwynn, the most faithful and beloved of Charles' mistresses. She gave him two sons, Charles (later Duke of St. Albans) and James Beauclerk.

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.

from Mail Online

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Nell Gwynne gave birth to her 1st son, Charles, in 1670. When Charles Beauclerk was 6, on the arrival of the King, Nell said, "Come here, you little bastard, & say hello to your father." When the King protested, she replied, "Your Majesty has given me no other name by which to call him." In 1676, Charles II granted to Charles the titles of Baron of Heddington & Earl of Burford. In 1684, he was created Duke of St Albans.