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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Williams Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Emma Hamilton was England's first superstar. She fought her way out of dire poverty to become a fashion icon, an Ambassador's wife, a confidante of both Queen Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples, and the mistress of Lord Nelson, England's greatest military hero. Drawing on hundreds of previously undiscovered letters, England's Mistress follows Emma's dramatic journey from the slums of Northern England to the Royal Court of Naples, and from the brothels of St. James's to the tragedy and glory of the Napoleonic wars. Muse and mother, wife and mistress, celebrity and villain, victim and survivor: Emma Hamilton was one of the most remarkable women in British history. Emma set out to make herself a star - and she succeeded beyond even her wildest dreams. By her early twenties, she was the most painted woman of her day. Her 'Attitudes', classical postures in diaphanous outfits, thrilled aristocrats and intellectuals while her innovations in fashion and dress changed the way women looked for ever. Shrewdly manipulating the media's fascination with her, Emma made herself into the most famous woman in England, desired by every man she met, adored by thousands, and, for a time, very rich. Yet, she was willing to throw it all away for the man she loved. Extensively researched but told with a novelist's flair, this is the story of one woman's fight to live on her own terms. England's Mistress captures the relentless drive, innovative style and burning passion of a true heroine. Download and start listening now!

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  • Read by Josephine Bailey, whose clear and mellow British accent gives the reading an added touch of authenticity, this book is both edifying and entertaining.... A mesmerizing story... Large Print Reviews
  • “Absorbing, well-crafted…Williams’ biography is well paced and pitch perfect, as competent in its storytelling as it is in its authoritative analysis of eighteenth-century class distinctions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A biography of the ever-intriguing Emma Hamilton that reads like a piece of fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “Read by Josephine Bailey, whose clear and mellow British accent gives the reading an added touch of authenticity, this book is both edifying and entertaining….A mesmerizing story.”

    Large Print Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helena | 2/15/2014

    " 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 been like for a sailor in those times . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/10/2014

    " See the one and two star reviews below - I couldn't agree more. Could we really get any more speculative about this woman's life? I doubt it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 1/26/2014

    " This was a sad look into a life that seemed desolate. The biography itself was easy to read, it was written almost like a story, but the subject matter was sad and left me a little depressed, but also fascinated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele | 1/26/2014

    " This has been very interesting. I'm learning a lot about this era, as well as about Emma Hamilton. "

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