Fashion of the Restoration Period
Lucy investigates the lives of women at the top: the King’s Mistresses at the Royal Court. When Charles and his entourage returned from exile, they came back with a host of continental ideas. Some of the Women at court rose to prominence as never before, gaining unprecedented political influence and independence. Amongst a fascinating cast of female characters, the most astonishing were Charles II’s own Mistresses: the Royalist, Barbara Villiers, the French Spy Louise de Keroualle and the infamous Cockney actress, Nell Gwynn.