Lucy Walter
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Lucy Walter (1630 - 1658)

Lucy Walter aka Barlow
Born in Roch Castle, Roch, Pembrokeshire, Walesmap
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Died at about age 28 in Paris, Île-de-France, Francemap
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Lucy Walter is Notable.

Lucy Walter (c. 1630-1658), that "brown, beautiful, bold but insipid creature" (as contemporary writer John Evelyn dubbed her) was an English courtesan in the mid-17th century.

She became the mistress of the vaguely noble Algernon Sidney at the age of 17. Through him, she met and began an affair with his brother Robert, and, through Robert, Charles II.

Lucy Walter, or "Mrs. Barlow" as she called herself, was not the first lover of Charles II - Christabelle Wyndham may have had that honor - but she was mother to his first officially recognized son, the James, later Duke of Monmouth born in 1649.

When Charles returned to Paris (?) in 1650, she had liaisons with other men and he ended their affair. She claimed her daughter Mary, born in May 1651, was also Charles' but it is more likely the father was Colonel Henry Bennet or Theobald, 2nd Viscount Taaffe.

In June 1656 Lucy, her companion Thomas Howard and her brother Justus, were arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London. [1]

Falling on hard times following the end of her liaison with Charles, she died seven years afterward in 1658 in abject poverty according to John Evelyn, while others claim she became a penitent of Dean Cosin, later Bishop of Durham, who, while pretending to be converted from her loose manner in life, continued her vicious ways. James II unkindly said that she died of a “disease incident to her profession.” (syphilis) – History’s Mysteries: They Mystery of the ‘Black Box’

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  1. Charles II, Lucy Walter, and the Stuart Courts in Exile Author(s): NICOLE GREENSPAN Source: The English Historical Review, Vol. 131, No. 553 (DECEMBER 2016), pp. 1386-1414 Published by: Oxford University Press Stable URL: JSTOR Accessed: 12-01-2023 11:29 UTC

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New Light on Lucy Walter, 1649-1659 pdf Universiteit Gent - PDF
posted by Adam Tarleton
edited by Adam Tarleton
Algernon and Robert Sidney were sons of Robert 2nd Earl of Leicester so hardly vaguely noble. Perhaps that should be changed.
posted by C. Mackinnon

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