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'The Courtesan's Revenge. Harriette Wilson, The Woman Who Blackmailed The King' - Frances Wilson

Faber & Faber 2003, 359pp. Former library usual markings, stamps, stickers, but otherwise reasonable condition.

'In a biography of style and energy, Frances Wilson makes use of previously unseen letters, law reports and confidential Government correspondence to reveal the true story of the sexual celebrity who blackmailed the British aristocracy and held even the king to ransom. Harriette Wilson was the most desired and the most dangerous woman in Regency London. Born in 1786, by the time she was fifteen Harriette was well on her way to becoming England's most sought after courtesan. She counted amongst her conquests the Prince of Wales, at least three Prime Ministers and the Lord Chancellor. This biography reveals for the first time the true story behind her sensational life and scandalous 'Memoirs'. When the Duke of Argyll and other rich former lovers refused to pay her an annuity, Harriette decided to avenge herself against the whole pack...'
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