The original celebrity gossip magazine


The years after the Civil War and the Restoration of Charles II marked the end of the medieval and the beginning of the modern age.

Historian Dr Lucy Worsley looks through writer Samuel Pepys' scrapbook from the period which contains portraits of Charles II's mistresses - including the royalist Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, and the French spy Louise de Keroualle.

Dr Worsley explains that the scrapbook is an early example of a 'gossip' magazine and that popular print culture is not a modern day phenomenon but actually began in the 1660s.

Find out more in Harlots, Housewives & Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls on Tuesday 22 May at 21:00 BST on BBC Four.

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