Recently I’ve been sharing the true stories of some of the scandalous women of history in my history blog. So these are my current notorious line up:-
Mary Godwin who later became Mary Shelley - She ran away with the Regency Poet Shelley at the age of sixteen and lived with him for years until his wife committed suicide. Mary Shelley was author of Frankenstein. I'll be publishing her story this Sunday, November 18, 2012.
Claire Clairmont, Mary Shelley's stepsister - She also ran away with Mary and Shelley at fifteen, and lived with her sister and her sister's lover, potentially as the third in a ménage à trois. But at eighteen she decided she'd rather have a her own poet and stalked Lord Byron. She gave birth to his child nine months later.
Mary Wollstonecraft - She was a writer in the time leading up to the French Revolution. She spoke out for women's rights. She was Mary Shelley's mother, and her illegitimate daughter Fanny Imlay committed suicide when she was caught between the battle involving Shelley and Mary's father.
Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, The Winter Queen - She was the sister of King Charles I and lived openly with the man believed to be her long standing lover the 1st Earl of Craven.
Miss L - Whose sad sorry story was recorded in the memoirs of Beau Nash. She was in her youth surrounded by men, but she fell for a gambler who did not return her love. Beau Nash was the Master of Ceremonies in the18th Century City of Bath
Miss Sylvia S - Her failed elopement was recorded in the memoirs of Beau Nash. She was in her youth surrounded by men, but she fell for a gambler who did not return her love. Beau Nash was the Master of Ceremonies in the18th Century City of Bath
Emma Hart who became Lady Hamilton - A courtesan, who was passed from a nephew to his uncle without consent, fortunately his uncle Lord Hamilton later married her. She was most renowned for another ménage à trois, her, her husband and Lord Nelson.
Margaret Hughes - She was the second mistress of Prince Rupert, the son of Elizabeth Stuart and cousin to King Charles II, she was an actress, and may well have been a friend of Nell Gwyn who was another of King Charles's mistresses.
If you want to find out their full stories click on their names and have a read in my history blog.
There will be more to come ;D
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