Sunday, November 8, 2009

More Ladies of the Regency Or One Half of The Prince-Regent-turned-King-George-IV's Conquests

I went with those I felt were most noteworthy.


First up, is Mary Darby Robinson, the English Sappho and the Prince Regent's first publicly known mistress. She was a poet, actress and an early feminist.



Elizabeth Milbanke Lamb, the Viscountess Melbourne, is as famous for being the Prince Regent's mistress as she is for being a confidante to Lord Byron with whom she exchanged letters while he was in exile though she was nearly forty years his senior.


Mrs Maria Smythe Weld Fitzherbert, the most notable mistress of the Prince Regent. The two married in the autumn of 1785, but the marriage was not considered legal under the Royal Marriage Act of 1772.


Frances Villiers, the Countess of Jersey and one of the more notorious of the Prince Regent 's Mistresses. She was said to have encouraged him to marry poor Caroline in order to secure her own position at his side and did so to success for over a decade. She headed the prince's household though he was married to Caroline until she was replaced by Isabella Ingram-Seymour-Conway, Marchioness of Hertford.


Elizabeth Denison Conyngham, the Marchioness Conyngham, the voluptuary and last mistress of our Regent-turned-King. An abitious commoner who was, by far, Prinnie’s most successful mistress.
All the very best,
Simone

13 comments:

  1. Bonjour! Another charming post. I really enjoy learning about the historical side of things.

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  2. Interesting post... I can see that you put a lot of hard work on your blog. I'm sure I'd visit here more often. George from romantic films.

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  3. Beautiful blog, beautiful theme. As informative as it is pleasing to the eye. Nice.

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  4. I really like your blog! This was a great post & I learned a lot!

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  5. I'm grateful to each of you for your kind words and I hope you had a lovely weedend. I'll be sure to stop by and pay each of you a visit in the next day or so.
    Have a great week and take with you my fondest wishes,
    Simone

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  6. I do always find mistresses fascinating, well some of them :) Not to fond when they go overly ambitious

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  7. I absolutely love all of the pictures on your blog. They all reflect your title perfectly. Lovely, soft romantic. These are my favorite types of paintings and such.
    Excellent post. I read Jean Plaidy's book about Caroline, the Regent's wife. Now I have faces to go with the names.
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Your blog is amazing as well.

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  8. The devotion to your craft is truly inspiring! I have always been quite fond of historical fiction, and I think it is wonderful that you can so thoroughly embrace and enhance the genre.

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  9. That was fascinating! I always enjoy reading more about historical figures. A well researched and entertaining post.

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  10. A good afternoon and my sincerest thanks to you all for stopping by. Your lovely thoughtful comments and gentle encouragements are all greatly appreciated.
    Humblest regards,
    Simone

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  11. There is a series of alternate fiction books which take place in a Regency England where George IV was removed from the succession because he married Maria, and his mother became Queen Regent instead of him as Prince Regent. It's interesting to see how feminism was moved forward under this alternate scenario. That is the only part of the book that is different- it's not fantasy or anything in any other manner. The author is Madeline Howard and the book is Point of Honour.

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  12. And I'll be sure to get a copy for there is nothing I like more than an 'interesting alternate scenario.' Thank you for your visit and the kind information.

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  13. Oh, thank you so much!
    I really like your blog. Interesting posts and great pictures. :)

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