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All the King's Women

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Date: 1645 to 1685
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The Mistresses of the Merry Monarch (King Charles II)

NOTE: A title following the name of a mistress belonged to the woman before her association with Charles.

  • Lucy Walter (c. 1648-1650 during his exile)
    • Met Charles II at the Hague; he left in 1650
    • Children by Charles: James, Duke of Monmouth
  • Elizabeth Killigrew, Viscountess Shannon (c. 1649?)
    • Sister to Thomas Killigrew, a dramatist who followed the royal family into exile and later became Master of the Revels
    • Married to Francis Boyle during her affair with Charles
    • Children by Charles: Charlotte Jemima Fitzroy
  • Catherine Pegg (c. 1656-?)
    • A.K.A. Lady Greene (married to Sir Edward Greene in 1660)
    • During the English Civil War, the Royalist Pegge family fled to Bruges where the exiled Charles was keeping court
    • Children by Charles: Charles and Catherine Fitzcharles
  • Barbara Villiers, Lady Palmer (c. 1660-1673)
    • Created Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland
    • Married to Roger Palmer at the start of her affair with Charles
    • Lewd, rapacious, and unfaithful, but so possessed of sexuality and wit that she was irresistible to the king
    • Children by Charles: Anne, Charles, Charlotte, and George Fitzroy (Charles acknowleged Henry and Barbara Fitzroy, too, but likely was not their father)
  • *Catherine of Braganza, Infanta de Portugal (1662-1685)
    • Created Queen of England upon her marriage to Charles II
    • Her childlessness led to calls for divorce; Charles refused, and he consoled Catherine after her miscarriages
    • Plain, Spanish, and Catholic, she was never popular with the English, but it is evident that Charles cared for her, and she both loved him and mourned him intensely after his death
    • *Honorary Mistress as, although they were married, Catherine's bonds of marriage with Charles were only as strong as his favor
    • Children by Charles: None
  • *Frances Stewart (c. *1663-1685)
    • A.K.A. 'La Belle Stewart'
    • Initially pushed at Charles by Barbara Villiers
    • Eloped with the Duke of Richmond and Lennox in 1667
    • Disfigured by smallpox in 1669, but allegedly still retained a hold on the king's affections
    • Charles considered divorce from his queen only at the prospect of marrying Frances, who refused to be a mistress
    • *Honorary Mistress as, although she fascinated Charles for years, Frances never surrendered physically to his infatuation
    • Children by Charles: None
  • Mary (Moll) Davies (c. 1667-1672)
    • Singer-dancer-comedienne who met Charles II in the theater
    • Allegedly ousted by Nell Gwyn with a laxative
    • Given by Charles II a pension of $1,000 pounds per year
    • Children by Charles: Mary Tudor
  • Nell Gwyn (c. 1668-1685)
    • Singer-dancer-comedienne who met Charles II in the theater
    • Noted for her wit, vulgarity, and loyalty to Charles
    • Children by Charles: Charles and James Beauclerk
  • Louise Renee, Madame de Querouaille (c. 1671-1685)
    • Created Duchess of Portsmouth
    • Originally a lady in waiting for Charles's sister Henrietta at the French court; after Henrietta's death, Charles appointed Louise to Queen Catherine's entourage
    • Catholic, French, and spoiled, the English people despised her
    • Children by Charles: Charles Lennox
  • Hortense Mancini, Duchess of Mazarin (c. 1675-1685)
    • Famed for her beauty and blatant bisexuality
    • Charles proposed marriage in 1659 while still in exile
    • Children by Charles: None

Unsorted Mistresses:

  • Winifred Wells
  • Mary Sackville
  • Jane Roberts
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald
  • Mrs. Knight




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Charles II enthroned (painting).
Charles II enthroned (painting).

Nell Gwynne by Sir Peter Lely.
Nell Gwynne by Sir Peter Lely.

Barbara Villiers, the Duchess of Cleveland.
Barbara Villiers, the Duchess of Cleveland.

Katherine Braganza, just after her wedding.
Katherine Braganza, just after her wedding.

Lucy Walter
Lucy Walter

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Collaboration

On 17 Dec 2016 at 10:37 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Link for Charlotte daughter of Elizabeth Killigrew goes to Charlotte daughter of Barbara Palmer.