Including Fanny Burney, Sarah Siddons, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Eleanor Coade, Hannah More, Elizabeth Fry, Mary Wollstonecraft and some you’ve never heard of.
Useful guidance for the family historian – and for me too!
A true expansion of our knowledge of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Restored to their place in history.
Inspired by a traditional folk song.
Amazing and disturbing story.
Excellent corrective to myths about the era.
Well, this is a romp — a right rollicking ride through the 18th-century world of courtesans, harlots, bigamists, rapists, pimps, brothels, bagnios, profligates and narcissists. Along the way we meet myriad crooks and celebrities: Kitty Fisher, Lavinia Fenton, Nelly O’Brien, Casanova, Charteris, the Hanoverians and their hangers-on and many more. Although he is excellent at […]
A brilliant book about the two flawed unfortunates on the sidelines of Byron’s Italian sojourn.
An investigation of the terrible trade in dead bodies in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The sweet-natured aristocrat came to a dreadful end.
A lively jaunt through the royal courts of Europe.
A fascinating examination of the life of well connected courtesan who reputedly bore the Prince Regent’s child.
One family. Two astonishing scandals.
Emma Hamilton, Sex and Dr Polidori
Duckworth, 1994 I snapped up this book on a second-hand stall outside the BFI on the South Bank. It’s an odd one. The opening chapter “Women’s Bodies – and How Men Looked at Them” is a detailed discussion of what Georgians preferred in terms of shape and type of breast (think of those high, pillowy, nipple-less Fragonards […]
Arrow, 2007 What a girl! Readable, imaginative account of a widely misunderstood woman. We all know someone like Emma – naive, exuberant, extravert, generous and sensual, outwardly without a care in the world. Often, as with Emma, what is not always appreciated is their apparently contradictory nature: sensitive, caring, intelligent and vulnerable. Emma, ridiculed and cast off […]