THE COUNTESS: The Scandalous Life of Frances VilliersTIM CLARKE Book Number: 86742 Product format: Hardback
Fanny Twysden, the future Countess of Jersey, was one of the great beauties of her time. Clever and witty, she had enormous charm and was a leader of Society in the grandest sense, and a woman of 'irresistible seduction and fascination'. She was also unprincipled and malevolent and was destined to become the most hated woman in the country, burned in effigy and her carriage pelted by the mob. Marrying high above her station, she was to be responsible for arranging the disastrous marriage of her lover, the future King George IV, and to play a major part in blackening the name of the King. Her father was a bishop but also a highwayman who was killed before she was born. Her mother was stern and stately and brought her daughter up strictly, spending considerable time in Ireland or with her cousins at Roydon Hall. Fanny was an accomplished musician and although small was 'exceedingly pretty and fascinating' and inherited her father's love of hunting. In future years she was described by Queen Charlotte as 'Lord Jersey's bewitching little wife'. By the time she was 17 she had married into one of the great families of England, the first step in her life in pursuit of pleasure and love. Superbly researched, 384pp, 20 images, mostly in colour.
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