Mrs Keppel: Mistress To The King
Alice Keppel was one of the most remarkable courtesans in British history. She was extraordinary for a number of reasons—not least that she was the lover of Edward VII for many years, though she managed to avoid much of the stigma attached to being a royal mistress. In fact, Edward was so devoted to her that he insisted she be received wherever he went.For Mrs. Keppel, it was not how things were t...
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Biteback Publishing (April 11, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 1948025
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“This book read more like petty gossip based on rumor and bias than a history. Most of the evidence is second- or third-hand gossip from servants whose mothers listened at keyholes...”
at mattered, but how they appeared. Her precepts were those of the English upper classes: discretion, manners, and charm. Sexual fidelity was for those lower down the social scale, but the appearance, at least, of civilized marriage was vital; as essential as pearls, furs, and a hat at Ascot.Aside from her relationship with Edward VII, Alice Keppel is also noted for being the mother of Violet Trefusis, famously the lover of Vita Sackville-West, and, intriguingly, great-grandmother to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, once a royal mistress herself.Tom Quinn, bestselling author of Backstairs Billy, unearths the fascinating story of Mrs. Keppel, revealing her to have been one of the most compelling characters of the Edwardian era: charming, voracious, selfish, manipulative, and indeed, strikingly modern.Tom Quinn is the author of London's Strangest Tales and many more titles, including the bestselling Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant. He lives in London.