Mistresses: True Stories of Seduction Power and Ambition

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Mistresses is a collection of highly entertaining mini-biographies of eight women who used their sexuality to procure power and, in some cases, great wealth. It is a fascinating exploration of opportunism, courage and ambition in a world where men held all the cards. As the story of each mistress is described, so the period in which they lived and loved is brought vividly to life. Includes: Lady Castlemaine, Emma Hamilton, Lola Montez, George Sand, Madame de Montespan, Marion Davies, Eva Braun, La Belle Otero.

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Leigh Eduardo is a writer and historian whose research for Mistresses has taken him all over the world. Originally educated at Durham University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he enjoyed a successful theatrical career for two decades before devoting himself to writing. Over the years, he has won numerous awards for his fiction, poetry and travel-writing.

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Alison Weir, bestselling historian and author of "Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley" and "Henry VIII: The King and His Court" describes Mistresses as follows: "I greatly enjoyed this book. It is highly readable and packed with fascinating detail. I enjoyed the numerous insightful and sometimes bawdy anecdotes. The book encompasses a wide canvas of love, lechery, tragedy and comedy, from the promiscuous adventures of Lady Castlemaine (Barbara Villiers) to the dark horrors of Eva Braun's world. A triumphant achievement."

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