December 13th, 2010


Mistress of the Media

Before they were stars game show moments:


Nell Gwynn, a new mistress of King Charles II (1600s) , was presented with a coach which used to belong to someone else. When Nell was insulted in her coach at Oxford by the mob calling her "a Catholic whore", after mistaking her for the Duchess of Portsmouth, she looked out of the window and said, with her usual good humor, 'Pray, good people, be civil; I am the Protestant whore.' This laconic speech drew upon her the favor of the populace, and Nell was suffered to proceed without further molestation.
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