My Lady Scandalous: The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliot, Royal Courtesan

My Lady Scandalous: The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliot, Royal Courtesan

by Jo Manning


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ISBN-13: 9780743262620
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/23/2005
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.47(d)

About the Author

Jo Manning is the author of two Regency romances, The Reluctant Guardian and Seducing Mr. Heywood (a Booklist Ten Best Romances of the Year selection), and The Sicilian Amulet, a contemporary romance. She was also the founder and director of the Reader's Digest General Books Library for over twenty years. Manning divides her time between London and Miami Beach. My Lady Scandalous is her first work of nonfiction.

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My Lady Scandalous: The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliot, Royal Courtesan 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheFlamingoReads on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really, really was looking forward to reading this book, but after the first couple of chapters I was disappointed - not necessarily with the content, but with the author's writing style. Like many of the reviewers I was put off by the veer in the wrong direction from colloquial to cutesy. She posits many questions that would benefit from more research (such as the difference in the spelling of the last name Eliot/Elliott as used by her husband and herself respectively) and her overuse of exclamation points. As a matter of fact, she brings up a lot of questions that go unanswered. It seems as though when she is relying on the research of others, her writing style is better. When she is left to fill in the blanks, so to speak, her style is sophomoric. Although there isn't a lot of information available about Grace, padding the book was not the right way to go. The book can be informative about the times in which Grace lived (too much so sometimes), but her (and her editor's) scattershot approach to presenting the information disrupts the flow. I would recommend this book to someone as an example of how NOT to present information like this. Read "Perdita" for an example of how to get it right.
CathyLeming on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very readable biography of an interesting and scandalous woman
mbmackay on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Life story of a woman who was once a lover of the Prince of Wales, later George IV. This is a surprisingly good book. Grace Dalrymple fell from accepted circles after having an extra-marital affair which led to her being divorced by her husband - a process which involved 2 courts and an Act of Parliament! She was now beyond the pale, but made an enterprising life as a successful courtesan in London and France. There is only a limited amount of material available of the subject of the book, but the author fills it out with informative and useful information about the times and the social mores in which the characters lived their lives. Presentation is lively - with information presented in side-bars and with plenty of background. Sometimes the flood of additional information seems to be outside the scope of the book, but that would be a small quibble in what was a fine read. May 2011.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
This combination biography and autobiography enables Georgian and Regency readers especially of romance to gain deep insight into an interesting era of manners that today seem contradictory yet perfectly acceptable. Fans of the period will see through the eyes of one of the more renowned courtesans Grace Dalrymple Elliot, whose memoir was filmed by Eric Roemer The Lady and the Duke). Her insight into royalty and other members of the aristocracy is enhanced by sidebars from noted Regency author Jo Manning. Easy to read with its pick up and put down style and quite entertaining, MY LADY SCANDALOUS will elate sub-genre audience with living up to its subtitle by providing a deep look at the outrageous life of a royal courtesan during a time of decadence and hedonism. Excellent biography worth the time needed by the audience to absorb as there is so much here that bears rereading and applies so brilliantly to the novels set in this period. --- Harriet Klausner