England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kate Williams

Narrated By: Josephine Bailey

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2006

Duration: 15 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

    I have to admit I was hoping there was a little more substance in this one considering the title. I never got that but I did learn more about the culture of that time than I would ever need to know. The book goes into great detail about the people and places of the times which is great if you are looking for more historical fact than getting the low down dirt on the times. If you enjoy history, this is definitely a book for you.

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  • Lorna

    Long but good story of Emma Hamilton. So much fun you may forget it is a true story and not a novel. I also learned a lot about Lord Nelson Nicely narrated.

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