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Too Great A Lady: The Notorious, Glorious Life of Emma, Lady HamiltonA…

by Amanda Elyot

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I read a biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton over Christmas and was fascinated by her. A lower-than-working-class-girl who became the most celebrated face in Europe (you've seen her face in some portrait gallery or another), who started the fashion that I associate with the Regency era (think Jane Austen), and who became Admiral Nelson's mistress, Emma's life intersections with amazing people and places in history. That said, this fictionalized account is not as colorful as the more interesting, more scholarly account ([[Kate Williams]]' [England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton]). I highly recommend the other as a better read. This one, not so much. ( )
  SelimaCat | Nov 24, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451220544, Paperback)

Emma Hamilton is renowned as the real-life heroine of the greatest love story in British history. Now, Amanda Elyot breathes new life into this remarkable woman, in what might have been Emma's very own words.

The impoverished daughter of an illiterate country farrier, young Emily Lyon sold coal by the roadside to help put food on the family's table. By the time she was fifteen, she had made her way from London nursemaid to vivacious courtesan, and continued a meteoric rise through society, rung by slippery rung, to become the most talked-about woman in all of Europe, mistress of many tongues, a key envoy in Britain's and Italy's war against the French, and confidante to a queen.

This novel, inspired by her remarkable life, recounts Emma's many extraordinary adventures, the earth-shattering passion she eventually found with Lord Nelson, and how they braved the censure of king and country, risking all in the name of true love.

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