Scarlet Women: The scandalous lives of courtesans, concubines, and royal mistresses

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Scarlet Women tells the stories of the most notorious courtesans, concubines and royal mistresses. Its contents range from the ancient world to the present day, and from Europe and America to the Far East.

The extraordinary women featured in the book include:
· Cora Pearl, who served herself naked on a platter at her legendary parties;
· Harriette Wilson, who blackmailed her clients;
· Clara Ward, an American woman who married a Belgian prince and then ran away with a gypsy violinist;
· Klondike Kate, queen of the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush;
· Veronica Franco, the leading sixteenth century Venetian courtesan;
· Mesdames de Pompadour and du Barry, two of Louis XV's many mistresses;
· Nell Gwyn, the saucy orange-seller who captivated King Charles II;
· Marie Walewska, Napoleon Bonaparte's reluctant mistress;
· Cixi, a concubine who rose from obscurity to rule China;
· La Belle Otero, the last of the great European courtesans.

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Ian Graham is a British author of popular science, technology and history books. After studying physics and journalism at university, he worked as a magazine journalist before switching to books. He was a joint winner of the 2012 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Writers' Award.

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"The stories ― from scheming the wealthiest men in the world to truly falling in love with someone already married ― will have you and your fellow book club cohorts rethinking what it means to put bros before hos."― Metro, "Books for your Feminist Book Club"

"Fans of popular history will enjoy this straightforward, readable account of the lives and times of some very colorful characters."― Booklist

"A thoroughly researched and cleanly written work with an extensive bibliography... an easy read."― Library Journal

“These scarlet women had me blushing from the first page.” ― Michael Farquhar, author of A Treasury of Royal Scandals

“Graham demonstrates in delightful detail that no one understood better how to "lean in" than the world's great courtesans.” ―Leslie Carroll, author of Inglorious Royal Marriages

“Comprehensive and fascinating, Ian Graham's Scarlet Women offers an intimate look at a bygone world where courtesans and demimondaines used charm and wit to rule from behind the scenes-and from their beds. A fun read!” ―Kris Waldherr, author of Doomed Queens and The Lover’s Path

“True crime buffs will enjoy this well-written book and will find it almost impossible to put down once they start. This work should be in every public library's true crime section; highly recommended.” ―Library Journal, starred review on The Ultimate Book of Imposters

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