England's Mistress

Author: Kate Williams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448164672

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 7375

A dramatic, sparkling tale of sex, glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, England's Mistress traces the rise and rise of the gorgeous Emma Hamilton. Born into poverty, she clawed her way up through London's underworlds of sex for sale to become England's first media superstar. Nothing could stand in the way of her dreams- except her self-destructive desires. Drawing on hundreds of previously undiscovered letters, and told with a novelist's flair, England's Mistress captures the relentless drive, innovative style and burning passion of a true heroine. In a world of tabloid fame and three-minute wonders, Emma's life is truly a tale for our time.

England's Mistress

Author: Maureen Peters

Publisher: Ulverscroft

ISBN: 9780708952474

Category: Large type books

Page: 278

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Elizabeth Tudor has survived uncertainty and danger to ascend the throne. Now Europe waits to see whom she will choose as her husband. Only Elizabeth herself knows that I she is wedded to England -- under threat from Spain. The country is menaced by a queen from across the border who regards the Tudor throne as rightfully hers. The stage is being set for a duel to the death between Elizabeth and the Queen of Scots.

Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens

Author: Susan Frye,Karen Robertson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195353595

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 2702

This new collection of sixteen essays considers evidence for the varied forms of women's alliances in early modern England. It shows how women, prohibited from direct participation in the institutional structures that shaped the lives of men, constructed informal connections with other females for purposes of survival, advancement, and creativity. The essays presented here consider a variety of communities--formed among groups as diverse as serving women, vagrants, aristocrats, and authors--in order to study the historical traces of women's connections. "Alliance"--as understood by the essayists in this volume--does not preclude competition or antagonism, since the bonds among women were frequently determined by an opposition to other women. As shown here, the theorizing of women's connections, and the recovery of the historical evidence for these connections, can only add to our understanding of women's activities in early modern English society. Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens is divided into four sections. The first two, "Alliances in the City" and "Alliances in the Household," examine the circumstances of women's communities in two primary sites for women of this place and time. The second two, "Materializing Communities" and "Emerging Alliances," fully study the aspirations that guided and transformed the courses of women's lives. All of these interdisciplinary essays, deftly combining literary and historical methods and materials, are informed by feminism, queer theory, and studies of class and race in the early modern period.


Author: Daniel Defoe

Publisher: Gottfried & Fritz


Category: English fiction

Page: 333

View: 3953

First published in 1724, Roxana is unique in that it is Defoe’s last novel and the only one that deals with the moral degradation of the main character, rather than her success (as one might see in his other novels). Roxana is supposed to be a fictional representation of Nell Gwyn, the long-time mistress of Charles II of England and Scotland. Called “pretty, witty Nell” by Samuel Pepys, she has long been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. Defoe’s illustration of Nell is rather less flattering, however.

Mistress of the House

Author: Tim Dolin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135191720X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

View: 4579

This exploration of gender and property ownership in eight important novels argues that property is a decisive undercurrent in narrative structures and modes, as well as an important gender signature in society and culture. Tim Dolin suggests that the formal development of nineteenth-century domestic fiction can only be understood in the context of changes in the theory and laws of property: indeed femininity and its representation cannot be considered separately from property relations and their reform. He presents original readings of novels in which a woman owns, acquires or loses property, focusing on exchanges between patriarchal cultural authority, the 'woman question' and narrative form, and on the place of domestic fiction in a culture in which property relations and gender relations are subject to radical review. Each chapter revolves around a representative text, but refers substantially to other material, both other novels and contemporary social, legal, political and feminist commentary.

Mistress of the Monarchy

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345453247

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 406

View: 8265

Set against the turbulent backdrop of 14th-century England, a portrait of Katherine Swynford documents the colorful life and times of a woman who became the mistress and eventual wife of the powerful John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, played a key role during the age of chivalry and gave birth to a line of royal descendants. Reprint.