My Lady Scandalous: The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Royal Courtesan

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A history of the British Regency era from the perspective of one of its most celebrated courtesans traces Grace Dalrymple Elliott's successful career in defiance of period conventions, describing her Edinburgh education, her divorce, and her relationships with wealthy and powerful men. 50,000 first printing.

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Jo Manning is the author of two Regency romances, The Reluctant Guardian and Seducing Mr. Heywood (a Booklist Ten Best Romances of the Year selection), and The Sicilian Amulet, a contemporary romance. She was also the founder and director of the Reader's Digest General Books Library for over twenty years. Manning divides her time between London and Miami Beach. My Lady Scandalous is her first work of nonfiction.

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The antics of today's celebrities aren't a patch on some of the goings-on in late--eighteenth-century England if this book about the life and times of Georgian party-girl Elliott is anything to go by. Married early and soon divorced (for adultery), Grace slept her way to the top, her every move gleefully documented by the scandal sheets of the day. Her only child may have been fathered by the Prince of Wales. A liaison with the fabulously rich Duc d'Orleans landed Grace in Paris in time for the French Revolution, where she came perilously close to being guillotined. No one can say Manning (also the author of several Regency romances) didn't do her homework, and she provides much (sometimes too much) detail about life high and low during the period--English divorce laws, the types of condoms available, the French Revolutionary calendar. Promotional copy is touting this book as something for Jane Austen fans, but Austen's decorous heroines would never have crossed paths with Grace and her cohorts. Great fun. Mary Ellen Quinn
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