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The beauty of her age : a tale of sex, scandal and money in Victorian England
The beauty of her age : a tale of sex, scandal and money in Victorian England
Roberts, Jenifer, 1943-2016
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Yolande Duvernay was born in poverty in Paris in 1812. Under the control of a formidable stage mother, she became a celebrated ballerina - the favourite dancer of Princess Victoria - renowned for her beauty, grace, and provocative style on stage. Sold for sexual assignations from puberty, she gave birth to two children and became the mistress of a succession of men. Called the 'Fair Brimstone' by the father of one English lover, she was sold to another - Stephens Lyne Stephens, son and heir of the richest commoner in England - for over a million pounds in today's money. There was a massive scandal a few years later when she manipulated Stephens into marriage, and when he died, he left her a life interest in his entire fortune. With an annual income worth five million pounds today, she became the wealthiest woman in England - even richer, it was said, than Queen Victoria.
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Imprint:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Amberley, 2016.
Collation:
x, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
Notes:
Includes QR code.Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781445653204 (hbk)
Dewey class:
792.8028092792.802809B DUV
Language:
English
BRN:
2345108
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