Synopses & Reviews
Emma Hamilton is renowned as the real-life heroine of the greatest love story in British history. Now, Amanda Elyot breathes new life into this remarkable woman, in what might have been Emma's very own words.
The impoverished daughter of an illiterate country farmer, young Emily Lyon sold coal by the roadside to help put food on the family's table. By the time she was fifteen, she had made her way from London nursemaid to vivacious courtesan, and continued a meteoric rise through society, rung by slippery rung, to become the most talked-about woman in all of Europe, mistress of many tongues, a key envoy in Britain's and Italy's war against the French, and confidante to a queen.
This novel, inspired by her remarkable life, recounts Emma's many extraordinary adventures, the earth-shattering passion she eventually found with Lord Nelson, and how they braved the censure of king and country, risking all in the name of true love.
A compelling fictional account of the colorful life of Emma Hamilton traces her life from an impoverished youth as the daughter of an illiterate farmer, through her career as a courtesan and dramatic rise to the heights of London society, to her scandalous love affair with Lord Nelson and key role during the Napoleonic Wars. Original. 40,000 first printing.
About the Author
Amanda Elyot is a popular author of historical fiction. She is a Cornell graduate and a professional actress.