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"False, they were all of them false, the stories; as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night." But they served a purpose. In a distant time and far-off kingdom, life is hard. People don't have enough to eat, and winter is upon them. There's little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo -- the masked outlaw hero who rides at night giving aid to the helpless and coin to the destitute -- for solace. But Gwyn, the Innkeeper's daughter -- sensitive, industrious, and independent -- is too practical to believe such tales. But when a snowstorm forces her and a young Lordling to seek refuge in an abandoned house, Gwyn wonders if perhaps she has been too cynical. Hidden away in an old forgotten cupboard, Gwyn discovers a package -- a cloak, a mask, a sword....Jackaroo? Could the stories be true? It takes a shock and a devastating betrayal for Gwyn to begin to understand what -- and who -- Jackaroo really is. And she comes to know what part she will play in discovering the truth, such as it may be, behind the legends.

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Charles Beauclerk

A descendent of Charles II and Nell Gwyn pens this fascinating account of the "people's princess"--a woman born into poverty who became a well-known actress and then mistress to King Charles II. Reprint.

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Derek Parker

Nell Gwyn Entertains the reader with the story of the actress nell Gwyn, daughter of a brothel keeper who became Charles II's favorite mistress.

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Alessandro Baricco

Jasper Gwyn woont in Londen en is een succesvol romanschrijver. Daarnaast schrijft hij regelmatig artikelen voor gerenommeerde kranten, en zonder zelf te begrijpen waarom, levert hij ineens een stuk in waarin hij aankondigt te stoppen met het schrijven van fictie. Al snel voelt Gwyn dat hij niet kan leven zonder iets te scheppen en wordt het hem duidelijk wat hij wil gaan doen: portretten schrijven. Als een echte kunstschilder laat hij mensen naakt voor zich poseren in zijn atelier, al houdt poseren in dit geval in dat ze wekenlang dag in, dag uit `zichzelf moeten zijn in die ruimte, zonder op hem te letten. Het resultaat is een uniek portret, dat alleen door de persoon in kwestie gelezen mag worden. Niemand begrijpt aanvankelijk waar hij mee bezig is, totdat zijn eerste model en assistente Rebecca langzamerhand het mysterie van Jasper Gwyn ontrafelt. Mr Gwyn is een origineel verhaal over de onvergetelijke gelijknamige hoofdpersoon, dat tot nadenken stemt over hoe we onszelf en de ander zien. Een nieuw hoogtepunt in het gevarieerde oeuvre van een auteur die zichzelf met elk boek opnieuw lijkt uit te vinden.

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Yuri Leitch

Adorned with many of his own beautiful illustrations, and quotes from arcane medieval Welsh manuscripts, the author hopes that this book will educate, uplift and inspire the reader's imagination. To the ancient Britons, this isle in the marshes, later named 'Glastonbury' by the Saxons, was known as Ynys Witrin or (The Glass Isle). This was their beloved sacred ground, the threshold of 'Annwn' - (their 'Otherworld' paradise.) Gwyn was the protective warrior god of 'Ynys Witrin' and the British 'Lord of Paradise'. The book takes the reader back to the beginning of the 1st century - to the tribal society of the Native Britons specific to this area; the tribe that are known to us as the Durotriges. We glimpse their spiritual world by looking at The Children of Don; the Durotriges' pantheon of gods, goddesses and specifically Gwyn ap Nudd, the ancient god of Glastonbury. The author deals with the Roman invasion of Britain, and of how these ancient Britons adapted to their new Romano-British lifestyle. Despite their cultural changes the Durotriges continued to use Ynys Witrin as their sacred island at least up until the 5th century. Controversially, this view challenges the popular legend that Jesus' kinsman, Joseph of Arimathea, founded a Christian church at Glastonbury in the 1st century - Yuri explains that whist Christians were the enemies of Rome well into the 3rd century, and that the lack of any archaeological remains indicating Christian presence until the 5th century shows how Glastonbury probably functioned as a sacred burial ground until the Dark Ages. Gwyn also accounts for the first Christian missionaries of the 5th century who made very deliberate attempts to banish the old god from Glastonbury Tor. By taking the reader step by step through medieval Welsh literature, Yuri Leitch explains how Gwyn has an intimate link with many of Glastonbury's unusual characteristics. The Tor's; it's placement on the St. Michael Line alignment, with the Mid Winter sun-roll up the Tor, and most curiously, with the landscape enigma of the Glastonbury Zodiac.

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Charles Beauclerk

»Ich bin doch die protestantische Hure!«, ruft Nell 1681 dem aufgebrachten Londoner Pöbel entgegen, der im Begriff steht, ihre Kutsche zu stürmen, und kann daraufhin ihren Weg unbehelligt und unter den Jubel-rufen der Menge fortsetzen. »Eine Prinzessin des Volkes« nennt Charles Beauclerk seine Urahnin Nell Gwyn. Der legendären Mätresse Charles II., des englischen Königs, widmet er eine ebenso brillante wie warmherzige Biografie, die zugleich ein farbenprächtiges Epochenbild entrollt: England in den übermütig aufschäumenden Jahren der zweiten Hälfte des 17.Jahrhunderts, die das Duckmäusertum der Ära Cromwell hinwegfegten. Biography: Charles Beauclerk, geboren 1965, ist ein direkter Nachfahre des eng-lischen Königs Charles II. und seiner Mätresse Nell Gwyn. Er studierte in Oxford moderne Sprachen. Nach Abschluss seines Studiums lehrte er sechs Jahre in den USA zum Thema Shakespeare. 1999 trat er in Nach-wahlen in Kensington und Chelsea für die Demokratische Partei an. 2005 veröffentlichte er mit »Nell Gwyn« sein erstes Buch, das bei Mac-millan (UK) erschien. Der Autor lebt in Suffolk.

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Alessandro Baricco

After celebrated author Jasper Gwyn suddenly and publicly announces that he will never write another book, he embarks on a strange new career path as a “copyist,” holding thirty-day sittings in a meticulously appointed room and producing, at the end, brief but profoundly rich portraits in prose. The surprising, beautiful, and even frightening results are received with rapture by their subjects—among them Gwyn’s devoted assistant, Rebecca; a beautiful fabric importer; a landscape painter; Gwyn’s own literary agent; two wealthy newlyweds; a tailor to the Queen; and a very dangerous nineteen-year-old. Then Gwyn disappears, leaving behind only a short note to his assistant—and the portraits. As Rebecca studies his words, she realizes that the mystery is larger than the simple fact of Gwyn’s whereabouts, and she begins to unravel a lifetime’s worth of clues left by a man who saw so much but said so little, a man whose solitude masked a heart as hungry as hers.

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Danu Forest

Gwyn, the bright god of the Brythonic underworld Annwfn and Faery king of the wild Welsh spirits, the twlwyth teg, is an ancient and mysterious figure. His tales are scattered through oral folklore and across medieval Welsh literature, a depository of our ancient god-tales. Said to dwell within the legendary glass castle in Glastonbury Tor, as well as the black mountains of Wales, he is both a figure of romance and fear. A dark lover through the winter months, leader of the wild hunt, and guardian of the dead. He is the ancient companion of bards and visionaries through the initiatory journey to the depths of the Celtic Underworld, in search of the Goddess of the land herself. With a close look at traditional magic and lore as well as practical exercises, Gwyn ap Nudd is an essential guide for all those who seek wisdom from the darkness and wild communion with the sovereignty of the land.

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Hugh Noel Williams

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