Dec 04, 2022
England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton
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[PDF] England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton | by ✓ Kate Williams, England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, Kate Williams, England s Mistress The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton The story of Emma Hamilton s rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in England has a contemporary ring of the self made celebrity Emma Hamilton was only twelve years old when she set off for London initially as a domestic servant before finding work as an actress s maid at Drury Lane Within a short space of time this indom [PDF] England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton | by ✓ Kate Williams - England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, England s Mistress The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton The story of Emma Hamilton s rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in England has a contemporary ring of the self made celebrity Emma Hamilton was only twelve years old when she set

  • Title: England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton
  • Author: Kate Williams
  • ISBN: 9780091794743
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
[PDF] England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton | by ✓ Kate Williams, England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, Kate Williams, England s Mistress The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton The story of Emma Hamilton s rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in England has a contemporary ring of the self made celebrity Emma Hamilton was only twelve years old when she set off for London initially as a domestic servant before finding work as an actress s maid at Drury Lane Within a short space of time this indom

[PDF] England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton | by ✓ Kate Williams - England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, England s Mistress The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton The story of Emma Hamilton s rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in England has a contemporary ring of the self made celebrity Emma Hamilton was only twelve years old when she set

Sean O'Hara

You know what I like about historical biographies There s no sensationalistic scandal mongering Biographers can t pay a maid 5000 to dish dirt There aren t any former friends or school mates who can come forward with an axe to grind Historical biographies are histories and deal in facts, not gossip.Well, normally.In England s Mistress, Kate Williams does her damnedest to bring Kitty Kelley style biography to the 18th Century The book is supposition and innuendo than fact.This is apparent right [...]


Lauren Albert

I can t do better than Sean O Hara s review it is spot on Williams speculates constantly when she doesn t have facts and on the most trivial matters as when she writes, Worried about her mother s weak state of health, Emma probably paid out to take a boat up the Rhone She has no bases for this assumption nor is there any point in making it The speculation eases up later in the book but she then proceeded to infuriate me referring to Hamilton, not once but twice, as a sex bomb and claiming at one [...]


Nina

God, I want to live above my means too.But I don t want to die penniless in Calais.


Catherine

When I don t have time to read, I often download audio books from I Tunes It gives me the chance to read while doing the housework or driving I have just finished listening to England s Mistress, while un packing boxes after our move.I have read very mixed reviews of the book and didn t really know what to expect I absolutely loved Williams s other book Becoming Queen so was excited to see if her earlier book was as good.England s Mistress tells the story of Emma Hamilton , famous social climber [...]


Laurie V

The biggest revelation I took away from this book is what a dick Horatio Nelson was He was a flighty fame whore who was needlessly cruel to the wife he abandoned for Emma Hamilton He also knew very well that Emma would have struggled financially after his death, but he was so deluded into thinking the government would provide for her despite her tenuous position as his mistress that he never took steps to ensure security for her and their daughter He got himself killed at Trafalgar because he in [...]


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Tim Pendry

This is an exceptional biography at so many levels It recovers not so much a person as a period.Emma, Lady Hamilton, was a clever but perhaps not always intelligent person of great beauty and charm, and acting skills, who rose from extreme poverty to become the wife of an ambassador and the mistress of a national hero, Lord Nelson.Many biographies of such women present romantic fantasies the sort of rubber necking at history of those women who wish life was like a Jane Austen novel This book is [...]


Marguerite Kaye

Excellent biography of a woman who seems to have been long overdue a reappraisal of her life Emma Hamilton was an extraordinary woman Born into abject poverty, she went into domestic service aged twelve, and not long after was forced into prostitution Working backstage at the theatre, she progressed into courtesanship, had a child at seventeen, rose to stardom through modelling for Romney, and was then passed on by her lover Greville to his uncle, William Hamilton, consul in Naples, when Grevill [...]


Scott Martin

Audiobook I don t often read a ton of socio economic type history, but this was a suprisingly good work I did not have a lot of knowledge about her I knew a bit about her from studying her famous lover, Nelson, but did not gleam the impact that she had on his life Emma Hamilton was comprable to a modern day Marilyn Monroe, given her modeling acting career, her famous romantic attachments, fatal flaws and a magnet for the gossip columns Lady Hamilton was a woman of her times, and Williams does a [...]


Laura

From BBC Radio 4 Extra Kate William s biography of the prostitute who became the mistress of Lord Nelson, despite humble origins.


Michael Hołda (Holda)

That book in interesting way shows life of 18th century women, her way of her life goals Her early years were harsh but despite that she had Interesting life.She was very often painted as e.g goddess Circe.Later on her fashion was desirable, as being quite known in society When she was with Captain Nelson in difficult times for aristocracy, revolutionary times She even become close friend of Queen Maria Carolina of Austria.And then she was spending lots of pound when being under Nelson s wings O [...]


Gerry

I never realised what a courtesan Amy Lyon Emma Hart Emma Hamilton was, no wonder she changed her name twice before marrying Kate Williams brings not only Emma to life but also breathes life into 18th and early 19th century England Emma had a difficult childhood and was quickly put into service, which she decided was not for her She therefore bettered herself and was quickly a favourite model of George Romney, who painted hundreds of portaits of her She had a child by Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh b [...]


Chris

England s Mistress is a well written biography of Emma Hamilton Unfortunately I discovered that Emma Hamilton is not at all as interesting as I assumed her to be I don t fault Kate Williams for this, but I did feel she could have mitigated it some by cutting out much of the final third of the biography The first half tells of Emma s rags to riches story, which mostly consists of her being an artistic muse while sleeping her way to fame However, once she reaches the point most people think of her [...]


Holly

An amazing book So insightful and very well written Lady Hamilton is brought to life once again through an excellently researched, highly entertaining biography Having known very little about her before I read her story, I now find her fascinating and have not stopped finding out about since finishing I would love to see a film as popular The Duchess made about her, as the two were apparently quite well acquainted and shared a similar level of fame and media interest Their shared love of fashio [...]


Christine

A cross between historical fiction and biography, England s Mistress The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton is a biased portrait of an 18th century courtesan turned elite mistress The fascinating parts of this book, for me, included details of Emma s intimate friendships with Queen Maria Carolina Marie Antoinette s sister as well as her friendships with the famous Duchess of Devonshire and Bess Foster.I am really giving this read 2.5 stars Williams rendition of Emma s life is soft and forgiving and, [...]


Mark Farley

Kate is of a exasperatingly welcome, new breed of historian, leading the way amongst a clever and witty bunch of folk who not only cover history in a stuffy old academic way, but has reinvigorated the genre, making it accessible to those that would not even have the courage and the interest in history This is no evident than in both of Kate s wonderful, effervescent tomes and her work so far in TV, where she has redefined the presentation of historical figures and made them the captivating figu [...]


Dorothy

Eh The story of Emma is rather interesting and a true rags to riches to rags cautionary tale It has all the components of great late Georgian stories classism, snobbery, sex, beauty, courtesans, playboys and pimps, absurd wealth and despairing destitution, gender struggles, avarice, deluded grandeur and real historical drama That said, the author s adulation of her heroine blinded her to Emma s fatal flaws and disappointingly missed an opportunity to draw culturally apt reflections on the real [...]


Korynn

A fairly extensive biography of the life of Emma Hamilton nee Amy Lyon It is fascinating how a young girl of no skill manages to use beauty and sex as a way to gain entry into a level of society she would have otherwise been denied It is than amazing that she appeared to have tremendous luck in choosing a husband and a lover that were willing to share her However, too late, Lady Hamilton discovers that her wiles do not make up for the utter lack of compassion that greets her after her husband, [...]


Jill Hutchinson

This biography of Emma Hamilton, the mistress of Admiral Lord Nelson should have been a five star read for me as I have always been interested in Nelson and his life, both military and personal And Emma was the romantic side his lifehe loved her to distraction as evidenced by his letters, eye witness accounts, and his attempts to have her looked after in case of his death But somehow I was not as engaged by the book as I thought I would bed frankly, I am not sure why it left me somewhat cold Nev [...]


Helena

I was just re organising my books and saw this one.It was an excellent read It describes the life of Emma Hamilton born with nothing but a hard life ahead of her who becomes the most famous woman of her times.This is a serious biographical work which is extremely readable I have lent it to many friends.I have subsequently read a few novels on the life of Nelson.What a short man of few personal charms but his fame Nelson s harbour is worth a visit in Antigua to get a feel of what life must have b [...]


Alison

As I said earlier during the book progress, I m not really a fan of biographies but this one was a real page turner I can now safely Lady Emma Hamilton is now one of my favourite heroines Williams diction oozes sympathy towards the protagonist throughout the whole story and although Emma was no angel, the biography transported me back to Georgian England which I missed as soon as I finished the book Two thumbs up for Kate Williams


John

Outstanding A highly readable and informative account of the life of Emma Hamilton.Kate Williams gives us a rich and detailed account of life in 18th C England, and of Emma as she grown from a child to become wife and mistress to the great.Some excellent vignettes on life in the provinces, in London and in Naples, before Emma s penury and death in Calais.One of the best biographies I have read.


Flora Dain

Lively, chatty account of one of the most colourful women of the Napoleonic age, from her humble origins in a Lancashire village to wife of the Ambassador to Naples, intimate friend of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples sister of Marie Antoinette and, most famously, Nelson s lover Fascinating if a little modest about her sexual prowess


Sharon

It was well done, although it took me some time to get into the way it was told It is amazing the information the author gathered and if there was unknown information it was highly researched, explained and or hypothesized Interesting how you can see parallels with certain current aspects of society Overall I enjoyed it very much.


Rio (Lynne)

The pictures are beautiful Her story should be interesting, but this biography just isn t holding my attention.


Kelly

Yes, please Thanks, Rebecca.


Eva

I liked the investigative spirit of the book The detailed descriptions of everyday lives of different classes supplied to flesh out what fact we do know There was also no fabularised dialogues A wonderful read.


Naomi Evis

Fantastic book, well put together i couldn t put it down and didn t want to put it down.


Edwina Jackson

Best historical nonfiction author that I ve read


Abbey

Recipe for a great historical biography Four years of careful, extensive, expensive research, plus a writing style that reads as easily as a novel Stir in sympathy for the foibles, failings, and fabulous strengths of characters, but don t fawn over the main focus character Cook until delicious Kate Williams seemingly found every primary, secondary, and tertiary source on Emma Hamilton Amy Lyon She mixes her storytelling skills with sleuthing skills, especially when talking about Emma s early lif [...]



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