A Scandalous Life

A Scandalous Life The Biography Of Jane Digby, An Enthralling Tale Of A Nineteenth Century Beauty Whose Heart And Hormones Ruled Her Head Harpers And QueenA Celebrated Aristocratic Beauty, Jane Digby Married Lord Ellenborough At Seventeen Their Divorce A Few Years Later Was One Of England S Most Scandalous At That Time In Her Quest For Passionate Fulfilment She Had Lovers Which Included An Austrian Prince, King Ludvig I Of Bavaria, And A Greek Count Whose Infidelities Drove Her To The Orient In Syria, She Found The Love Of Her Life, A Bedouin Nobleman, Sheikh Medjuel El Mezrab Who Was Twenty Years Her Junior.Bestselling Biographer Mary Lovell Has Produced From Jane Digby S Diaries Not Only A Sympathetic And Dramatic Portrait Of A Rare Woman, But A Fascinating Glimpse Into The Centuries Old Bedouin Tradition That Is Now Almost Lost. IT S FINALLY OVER This book should be outlawed by the Geneva Convention as a torture device Geez Where to begin The subject Jane Digby is presented by the author and by others as a feminist icon a woman who was sexually free, an adventurer, and open to new experiences and ideas that most women in her age wouldn t even dream of The problem with that is it s all a complete lie Yes, Jane Digby had sex With a
This is one of those books where I have to give the biographers a good rating for writing a competent biography, but wish I could give her subject two stars for a poorly conducted life.As other reviewers here have noted Jane Digby was anything but a feminist role model I have rarely read of someone whose entire life was so dominated by sexual desire and who was as willing to sacrifice anyone who stood in the way of its gratification.Though Lovell quotes others as sayin
This was recommended to me, and I am SOOOO glad it was One of the things that I find difficult to take as an author is when a reviewer tells me that what I ve written for a 19th Century heroine is unbelievable What Jane Digby did in her real lifetime makes my heroines seem incredibly tame by comparison, and I m never going to feel like I ve stretched the boundaries again Married at 17, divorced at 22, she included several noblement, a king, a prince, a Greek bandit and most notable a Bedouin This was recommended to me, and I am SOOOO glad it was One of the things that I find difficult to take as an author is when a reviewer tells me that what I ve written for a 19th Century heroine is unbelievable What Jane Digby did in her real lifetime makes my heroines seem incredibly tame by comparison, and I m never going to feel like I ve stretched the boundaries again Married at 17, divorced at 22, she included several noblement, a king, a prince, a Greek bandit and most notable a Bedouin sheikh in her list of lovers and husbands In an age where gently born women by and large lived in the shadow of their fathers or husbands, Jane was fiercely independent, spoke at least 6 languages fluently, designed and built homes in Germany, Greece and Syria, travelled into the wilds of the desert and lived a determinedly alternative life, yet for those who knew her intimately, she was charming, intelligent and unassuming Mary Lovell writes beautifully
An amazing book about an amazing woman Considering I had never heard of Jane Digby before I read this, and even had to Google her first to decide if I even wanted to read this book, I was absolutely fascinated by her By the time this book ended with her death I was completely enthralled by her life and felt quite bereft to come to the end.Jane was born into a rich Georgian family, renowned as a great beauty, married a well known lord and politician when she was still a teenager, and was no mor An amazing book about an amazing woman Considering I had never heard of Jane Digby before I read this, and even had to Google her first to decide if I even wanted to read this book, I was absolutely fascinated by her By the time this book ended with her death I was completely enthralled by her life and felt quite bereft to come to the end.Jane was born into a rich Georgian family, renowned as a great beauty, married a well known lord and politician when she was still a teenager, and was nothan a few years into her marriage when she
A HIGH SOCIETY GYPSYI have a love hate relationship with the subject of this exceptionally well written and researched biography She was willing to sacrifice anyone, including her six children, when called by her sexual whims But her never ceasing energy and interest in life can not leave one indifferent Of course, if she wasn t showered with money both by her first husband and her father, she would had never been able to pursue her many passions When you start to compromise your values a
Jane Digby certainly had an interesting life but this book is not the one to tell you about it The writing is just not interesting Jane herself I found to be less than sympathetic, a bit like a Paris Hilton
Lovell as a biographer has a strength which is also a weakness She only writes about people she loves Generally I admire that and take her words with a grain of salt It makes for pleasant reading However, in the case of Jane Digby she has found someone who sounds interesting in summary but the reality is much duller Digby was not the modern independent woman Lovell wishes to portray She was a very beautiful, somewhat spoilt, and extremely romantic woman who moved from man to man seeking so Lovell as a biographer has a strength which is also a weakness She only writes about people she loves Generally I admire that and take her words with a grain of salt It makes for pleasant reading However, in the case of Jane Digby she has found someone who sounds interesting in summary but the reality is much duller Digby was not
What a life The key word in the title is scandalous, and Jane Digby was just that a well born Victorian lady who was married no fewer than four times and that s no counting the lovers she never got around to marrying It would be too easy to dislike Jane Digby, as she seems to have been a foolishly enslaved by notions of romantic love, but she s too riveting to become seriously annoyed with, not to mention that at the time there were few other ways for her to channel her astonishing energy What a life The key word in the title is scandalous, and Jane Digby was just that a well born Victorian lady who was married no fewer than four times and that s no counting the lovers she never got around to marrying It would be too easy to dislike Jane Digby, as she seems to have been a foolishly enslaved by notions of romantic love, but she s too riveting to become seriously annoyed with,
An account that was just a little too dry to read for my taste Certainly well researched, and avoiding the pitfalls of adding fantasy So it s not historical fiction, which could perhaps be written in aentertaining style, but it s rather closely based on historical facts from a mound of surviving papers Jane seemed to be drifting emotionally until she found a suitable family in her later years, but never lost her emotional dependence I found it interesting that Jane s jealousy kept burn An account that was just a little too dry to read
The biography of Jane Digby reads like the best of fiction It is difficult to believe that this aristocratic woman with all the wealth of her class and the predictable future, managed to live a life so unexpected, so unconventional, full of adventures, with complete disregard to traditions She always followed her heart, changing husbands and lovers, did not attach herself to her children, having many, was a close friend and confidant of kings and diplomats and spent the happiest last 25 years The biography of Jane Digby reads like the best of fiction It is difficult to believe that this aristocratic woman with all the wealth of her class and the predictable future, mana

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  • Paperback
  • 365 pages
  • A Scandalous Life
  • Mary S. Lovell
  • English
  • 03 December 2018
  • 1857024699