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The Mistress Of Paris

Author : Catherine Hewitt
ISBN : 9781250120670
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Catherine Hewitt's The Mistress of Paris is a fantastically readable biography of a nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan who harbored an incredible secret. “A gorgeous, smart, ambitious, hard-working, steely autodidact and businesswoman whose product was herself, Valtesse would be totally at home in our self-branding society.” —The New York Times Book Review Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne was painted by Édouard Manet and inspired Émile Zola, who immortalized her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rumored affairs with Napoleon III and the future King Edward VII kept gossip columns full. But her glamorous existence hid a dark secret: she was no comtesse. Valtesse was born into abject poverty, raised on a squalid backstreet among the dregs of Parisian society. Yet she transformed herself into an enchantress who possessed a small fortune, three mansions, fabulous carriages, and art the envy of connoisseurs across Europe. A consummate show-woman, she ensured that her life—and even her death—remained shrouded in just enough mystery to keep her audience hungry for more. Spectacularly evoking the sights and sounds of mid- to late nineteenth-century Paris in all its hedonistic glory, Catherine Hewitt’s biography tells, for the first time ever in English, the forgotten story of a remarkable woman who, though her roots were lowly, never stopped aiming high.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Mistress Of Rosecliffe

Author : Rexanne Becnel
ISBN : 9781504025003
Genre : Fiction
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A rogue knight vows to avenge the Welsh people and reclaim his birthright by seizing the lord of Rosecliffe’s castle—and his beautiful daughter When she refuses to accompany her family to London for the new king’s coronation—and to accept an unwelcome offer of marriage—Isolde FitzHugh knows she’s merely putting off the inevitable. But for now the eldest daughter of a Welsh patriot and an English nobleman revels in her temporary freedom. In the village, she spies a bearded, dark-haired stranger and feels an unexpected surge of desire. But the man who seduces her in the dead of night is no wandering minstrel. He is her family’s most treacherous foe. Banished from his homeland and forced to learn the hated English ways, Rhys ap Owain has waited twenty years to set foot on Welsh soil again. Taking the innocence of his enemy’s daughter will strike a mortal blow to the traitorous FitzHughs and be the first step toward avenging his murdered father. Isolde will be the instrument of his retribution, his hostage in the kingdom that was stolen from his people—but he never dreams that she will awaken within him a love more powerful than hate. The Mistress of Rosecliffe is the 3rd book in the Rosecliffe Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Category: Fiction

The Mistress Of Normandy

Author : Susan Wiggs
ISBN : 9781488082061
Genre : Fiction
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs transports readers to the lush French countryside of Normandy in this classic tale of love, family honor and true knights in shining armor… Rand Fitzmarc has fought his way to prominence under the banner of King Henry V. At long last, his loyalty to the English crown will be rewarded with a title and land…in Normandy, France’s richest prize. Now the freshly knighted nobleman will have to battle once more for the right to possess his French barony, and for the hand of the woman who holds it. Lianna of Bois-Long is determined to keep her lands free from the usurping English king and the husband he’s chosen for her…and her heart safe from any man. Yet when she meets a golden stranger in a sunny forest glade, Lianna is seduced by the heat of his tender gaze and his strong embrace. But when her forest lover is revealed as the English baron who has come to claim her ancestral home, will Lianna be able to forgive his deception? Or will pride keep her from the man who has managed to steal her heart? Originally published in 2014.
Category: Fiction

Studies On Homer And The Homeric Age

Author : William Ewart Gladstone
ISBN : 9781108012065
Genre : Literary Collections
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Analysing in detail ancient Greek culture and society, Gladstone achieves his aim 'to promote and extend' the study of Homer.
Category: Literary Collections

The Mistress Of Hanover Square

Author : Anne Herries
ISBN : 9781459212435
Genre : Fiction
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The earl's convenient bride Amelia Royston has made a name for herself amongst the London ton as a brilliant matchmaker. Forever generous, she will do anything to help others' dreams come true. But the society miss is beginning to give up hope that her own feet will ever be swept off the ground… Then the charismatic Earl of Ravenshead returns, and his disturbing presence tips Amelia's world upside down! He finally declares his intention to marry her—for convenience…or something more?
Category: Fiction

Ernst Lubitsch

Author : Scott Eyman
ISBN : 0801865581
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 36.81 MB
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When movie lovers speak of the "Lubitsch touch," they refer to a singular sense of style and taste, humor and humanity, that suffused the films of one of Hollywood's greatest directors. In this first ever full-length biography of Ernst Lubitsch, Scott Eyman takes readers behind the scenes of such classic films as Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Merry Widow (1934), Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938), Ninotchka (1939), The Shop around the Corner (1940), To Be or Not to Be (1942), and Heaven Can Wait (1943), which together constitute one of the most important and influential bodies of work in Hollywood. Eyman examines both the films Lubitsch crafted and the life he lived—his great successes and his overwhelming anxieties—to create an indelible portrait of Hollywood's Golden Age and one of its most respected artists.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : John Bowyer Bell
ISBN : 1412817595
Genre : Assassination
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Category: Assassination