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(NELSON, Horatio). FRASER, Flora. Beloved Emma : The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton. L.: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1986). First Printing. Pp (4),v-x,1-410+ 16 pp of illustrations. 8vo, orange cloth. Cowie 331 (but incorrectly da ted there as 1967). "Emma Hamilton ranks with Helen of Troy and Nell Gwynn in the public imagination. A legendary beauty, she had allure, and she had a bizarre love affair with Lord Nelson, the Hero of England, to prove it. An outraged British nation never forgave her for this lapse on their idol's part, and even in 1984 the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich could advertise their collection with a poster of Emma inscribed 'England's Enemy No.1.' In this brilliant new biography Flora Fraser charts Emma's life from her birth as the daughter of a Cheshire blacksmith to her death fifty years later in Calais in circumstances of poverty and neglect. She deals in particular depth with the Italian period of Emma's life, when - as the wife of Sir William Hamilton, the affable, erudite British Minister at Naples - she became an intimate friend of the Queen of Naples and sat to all the portraitpainters of Europe. The licentious climate of Naples provided an easy sett ing for Emma's famous romance with Lord Nelson : London Society's reaction to the affair is chronicled in fascinating detail. Flora Fraser sheds new light on the shifting relationship between Emma, Nelson and Sir William at Paradise Merton, their home in Surrey, and explores Emma's later life - her strange, wil-o'-the-wisp existence after the deaths of her husband and her lover." from the dj. With bibliography, notes and index. Vg in vg dj. 35.00
Title: Beloved Emma : The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986, ISBN:0297788957:
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