✹ About Sunday 26 July 1668 mountebank on 26 Jul 2021 • Link Starting in a couple of minutes on BBC Radio 4, an adaptation of Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000y5g4 "Charles II was addicted to women and, after his restoration to the throne in 1660, despite being married to Catherine of Braganza, he kept a series of mistresses - many of them at the same time. The most famous of them all was Nell Gwyn. She was loved by the British public who sympathised with her working class vulgarity and sense of humour. They didn’t take too kindly to the King’s French mistress Louise de Kéroualle, a powerful networker at the court with more influence than the Queen. At a time when religious and political tensions ran high, with Catholics and Protestants fighting over the succession to the throne, these women exerted profound influences on him. For all of these women, the rewards were grand houses, titles with land and increasingly lavish pensions. Between them, Charles II fathered 13 illegitimate children while his neglected and unloved wife remained childless."