The Courtesan’s Revenge

The Courtesan’s Revenge

Harriette Wilson was the most desired and the most dangerous woman in Regency London. This highly acclaimed biography reveals for the first time the true story behind her sensational life and scandalous 'Memoirs'. When her former lovers - including much of the British aristocracy - turned against her, she knew exactly how to take revenge . . .

'A wonderful book. Much more than a biography of one attractive, witty woman, it offers a deft analysis of how Britain dealt with celebrity, sex, power and popular journalism in an age that bears remarkable similarities to our own . . . Frances Wilson is not only a first-rate scholar but also a wonderful storyteller who manages to get inside her namesake's famously creamy skin and tell her story with wit and understanding.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

'Lively and stylish . . . Reveals how dangerous the courtesan who operated at the heart of the political world was thought to be.' Anne Sebba, Spectator

'Harriette's story is deftly and stylishly told. It beats most novels with its rich ingredients.' Frances Spalding, Daily Mail

Title:The Courtesan’s Revenge
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571205240
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    The Courtesan’s Revenge Reviews

  • BeeQuiet

    I had relatively high hopes for this book, in part because it came recommended by a friend but also in part because I was genuinely interested to learn about this fascinating subject. I have read vari...

  • Simon Rawlence

    Publish and be Damned was Wellington's retort to Harriet Wilson's threat of blackmail as she circulated her more famous former clients before the publication of her sensational memoirs in 1825.Harriet...

  • Yooperprof

    Interesting and fast-paced romp through the festive streets and well-appointed boudoirs of Regency (early 19th century) England. Harriette Wilson was the most-sought after courtesan of her age, notori...

  • Liza

    The main character's life its a bit repetitive and boring but the author didn't help to present it in a rather interesting and adventurous mode. I have read other books about courtesans in the 17th, 1...

  • Naomi Clifford

    This is an excellent and thorough biography of an interesting and important figure. It is well written and the research is exemplary. Harriette Wilson was one of those "one-offs" that we have all met ...

  • Meredith

    Best paragraph in the book:"Writing, Harriette found, was regarded as more transgressive than the sale of her body had been. It was unusual for a woman’s name to be attached to a book; novels by lad...

  • Dearbhla

    It has taken me quite a while to finish this book. Usually that isn’t a very good sign, it means I’ve not really being all that interested in it, but usually I don’t read non-fiction. Whenever I...

  • Vivienne

    Although an academic biography bursting with names and dates I did quite enjoy this even though I was in the minority at my library reading group. Aside from the scholarship Francis Wilson brought to ...

  • Kaylee

    1.5 I don't quite know how the author managed to make the life of a notorious courtesan dull as dish water but she did. The 1.5 is because while I can't say I would ever read it again it wasn't the wo...

  • Lauren Albert

    The subtitle of this book is misleading--the King plays a very small role in the book and many, many more people are blackmailed. Overall, I found the book growing tedious. I didn't find most of her l...