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England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton [Paperback]

Kate Williams
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"This rich and bouncy biography of a driven woman - mad for fashion, mad on passion - makes Posh look like a novice" (Good Housekeeping)

"Sparkling like Emma's pawned diamonds ... Finally makes us understand why Nelson needed to be prised out of Emma's embrace to fight Napoleon..." (Daily Mail)

"It is the thoroughness of the research and attention to detail that make Kate Williams' new biography of Emma Hamilton so interesting. The iconic Emma has been continuously reimagined since her lover Nelson's death, but Williams offers a new portrait" (The Independent)

"Kate Williams has done a wonderful job recreating the life of the woman she wants us to relate to...This is an immensely colourful, readable portrait that revels in Emma's resilience and her ability to surmount what look to us now to be unimaginable odds" (Independent on Sunday)

"Gallops along like a gripping novel, with an utterly believable and sympathetic character at its heart" (Chesire Life)

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As a self-made celebrity, Emma Hamilton's rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in England has a very contemporary zing

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A dramatic tale of glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, England's Mistress traces the turbulent life of Emma Hamilton.

Born into poverty, Emma clawed her way up through London's sordid underworld to become the mistress of Lord Nelson, the greatest military hero of the era. Dazzlingly beautiful, she mixed in diplomatic circles and became the confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples. Nothing, it seemed, could stand in the way of her dreams- except her self-destructive desires.

'Emma famously gets her comeuppance, and her headlong flight to romantic destruction is told with novelistic dash' The Times, Books of the Year

'An immensely colourful, readable portrait that revels in Emma's resilience and her ability to surmount what look to us now to be unimaginable odds' Independent on Sunday

'Sparkling like Emma's pawned diamonds...Makes us understand why Nelson needed to be prised out of Emma's embrace' Daily Mail

'It is the thoroughness of the research and attention to detail that make Kate Williams' new biography of Emma Hamilton so interesting. The iconic Emma has been continuously re-imagined since her lover Nelson's death, but Williams offers a new portrait' Independent

About the Author

Kate Williams fell in love with the eighteenth century whilst studying for her BA at the University of Oxford. She has an MA from Queen Mary, University of London and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Her articles and essays have been published in a wide range of books and journals and she is a lecturer and TV consultant, appearing regularly on BBC and Channel 4 to discuss her work. She lives in London.
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