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Beaux and Belles of England Mrs. Mary Robinson, Written by Herself, With the lives of the Duchesses of Gordon and Devonshire   By: (1758-1800)

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Mary Robinson's book, 'Beaux and Belles of England', is an exquisite literary piece that delves into the lives of influential women in 18th-century England. With a captivating narrative style, it offers readers an insightful and engaging account of the lives of three remarkable women - Mrs. Mary Robinson, the Duchess of Gordon, and the Duchess of Devonshire.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is its autobiographical nature. Written by Mrs. Mary Robinson herself, it provides a unique perspective on her own life and experiences. Her storytelling skills are truly impressive, as she effortlessly transports readers back in time, painting vivid pictures of the extravagant lifestyles and opulent society events that defined the era.

Moreover, Robinson's detailed descriptions of the Duchesses of Gordon and Devonshire allow readers to step into the shoes of these powerful women. She brings their stories to life, exploring their roles as influential figures in society and showcasing the challenges they faced amidst their glamourous lives. Through her words, we witness their triumphs and tribulations, forming a deeper connection with these historical figures and gaining a newfound respect for their perseverance.

The book also offers valuable insights into the societal expectations and limitations placed upon women during this time period. Mrs. Mary Robinson, known as one of the most famous actresses of her time, navigates these confines with grace and resilience. Her personal experiences provide a stark contrast to the lives of the Duchesses, highlighting the intricate web of power, privilege, and societal norms that dictated the lives of women in 18th-century England.

What truly sets 'Beaux and Belles of England' apart is Robinson's ability to combine historical facts with her own personal anecdotes and emotions. She transports readers to lavish balls and extravagant assemblies, showcasing the vibrant social scene and the role these women played within it. Through her words, we become not just observers but active participants, experiencing the grandeur and excitement firsthand.

In conclusion, 'Beaux and Belles of England' by Mrs. Mary Robinson is a captivating and insightful book that offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of extraordinary women. Robinson's impeccable storytelling skills, combined with her firsthand experiences, make this an exhilarating read. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply captivated by the triumphs and tribulations of remarkable women, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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[Frontispiece: The Attempted Abduction Original painting by B. Wesley Rand]

Beaux & Belles of England

Mrs. Mary Robinson

Written by Herself

With the Lives of the Duchesses of Gordon and Devonshire by Grace and Philip Wharton




The following brief memoirs of a beautiful, engaging, and, in many respects, highly gifted woman require little in the way of introduction. While we may trace same little negative disingenuousness in the writer, in regard to a due admission of her own failings, sufficient of uncoloured matter of fact remains to show the exposed situation of an unprotected beauty or, what is worse, of a female of great personal and natural attraction, exposed to the gaze of libertine rank and fashion, under the mere nominal guardianship of a neglectful and profligate husband. Autobiography of this class is sometimes dangerous; not so that of Mrs. Robinson, who conceals not the thorns inherent in the paths along which vice externally scatters roses; For the rest, the arrangement of princely establishments in the way of amour is pleasantly portrayed in this brief volume, which in many respects is not without its moral. One at least is sufficiently obvious, and it will be found in the cold hearted neglect which a woman of the most fascinating mental and personal attractions may encounter from those whose homage is merely sensual, and whose admiration is but a snare... Continue reading book >>

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