Lady of Passion



[Reading] ➵ Lady of Passion ➼ Freda Lightfoot – E17streets4all.co.uk Beautiful and talented actress, poet and fashion icon, Mary Robinson was one of the most famous women of her time yet she died virtually penniless, her reputation in ruins For Mary was destined always Beautiful and talented actress, poet and fashion icon, Mary Robinson was one of the most famous women of her time yet she died virtually penniless, her reputation in ruins For Mary was destined always to be betrayed by the men she loved, whether it be her father, a prosperous Bristol merchant who abandoned his family for a life of adventure and another woman her husband, the weak and foolish Tom Robinson, who bankrupted the family with his inveterate gambling and humiliated his young wife with his numerous affairs or the Prince of Wales, later George Lady of Kindle - IV, who fell in love with Mary when he saw her playing Perdita in A Winter s Tale Mary gave up everything for her prince her career, her husband and her independence only to be cruelly abandoned when his affections turned elsewhere.Lady of Passion

Born in Lancashire, I ve been a teacher, bookseller and in a mad moment, a smallholder on the freezing fells of the Lake District where I tried my hand at the good life , kept sheep and hens, various orphaned cats and dogs, built drystone walls, planted a small wood and even learned how to make jam I now spend the winter in Spain and summer in the UK I have now published books including many bestselling family sagas and historical novelsForinformation, visit my website fredalightfoot.

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Lady of Passion
  • Freda Lightfoot
  • 05 March 2017
  • 0727882872

10 thoughts on “Lady of Passion

  1. says:

    3.5 starsLady of Passionis a brief, but fairly comprehensive account of the life of Mary Robinson, one of the mistresses of George, Prince of Wales later George IV I know little about her, other than of her relationship with George and that he became enamoured of her when she was playing the role of Perdita in The Winter s Tale What I hadn t known was that in her later years, she became well known as a poet and author in fact, she had written poetry all her life and the publication 3.5 starsLady of Passionis a brief, but fairly comprehensive account of the life of Mary Robinson, one of the mistresses of George, Prince of Wales later George IV I know little about her, other than of her relationship with George and that he became enamoured of her when she was playing the role of Perdita in The Winter s Tale What I hadn t known was that in her later years, she became well known as a poet and author in fact, she had written poetry all her life and the publication of the odd volume here and there in fact helped to keep her financially solvent.While in many ways she appears to have been dreadfully na ve mostly about the men in her life she was witty and intelligent, counting a number of political and literary figures among her friends people such as David Garrick, Joshua Reynolds, Richard Sheridan, the Duchess of Devonshire and Charles James Fox Even though Mary is principally known for having been the mistress of a prince and a handful of other men, she appears to have been a woman of independent spirit given the way her men treated her, I think she had little alternative , and in fact struck up a friendship with Mary Wollstonecraft, the famous advocate of women s rights in the 1790s.Mary s life wasn t an easy one Her father abandoned her and her mother when she was quite young, and while not destitute, they found it difficult to make ends meet Barely out of girlhood, Mary was already attracting male attention and at the age of fifteen, and with her mother s encouragement, she gave up her dream of a career on the stage and married Thomas Robinson, a young lawyer with good prospects.Unfortunately however, Robinson proved to be dissolute and faithless, frequenting the gambling tables, taking a string of mistresses, and ultimately landing them in debtor s prison.Despite her husband s infidelities, Mary never strayed, even though she was never short of men offering to act as her protector It wasn t until she attracted the interest of the young Prince of Wales at seventeen, he was about five years her junior that Mary finally fell in love and was convinced to break her marriage vows.Their relationship was not long lived, partly due to the pressure brought to bear on George by his father, and partly, I would imagine, through George s own inclination When their affair ended, Mary, having given up her stage career, was left with little alternative but to find herself another protector Mary s life seems to have been one of high peaks and low troughs Blissfully happy with her Prince, she was devastated when he abandoned her having lived well beyond her means, she had to flee to the continent to escape her creditors, and when she returned three years later, she had been all but forgotten Even though she was regarded as a demimondaine a woman whose sexual promiscuity means she is not respectable in the eyes of good society , Mary did not take many lovers, and was faithful to those she did When she finally met the man she described as the love of her life some years later, their fifteen year relationship was a tempestuous one during which Mary had a traumatic miscarriage which seems to have brought on the rheumatism that afflicted her until her death.One of the things that struck me as rather ironic was the fact that the press back in the 1780s seems to have acted in a very similar manner to today As a famous actress, celebrated beauty and former royal mistress, Mary was often the target of unpleasant gossip in the news sheets, and in the book, she frequently laments her regular inclusion in them, especially considering that the stories about her are untrue Plus a change, indeed.Mary comes across as an odd mixture of the na ve and the knowing For an intelligent woman, she certainly made some bad decisions when it came to the men in her life, most of whom betrayed her with other women and were content to be financially dependent upon her What that says about the men of that time, I m not sure perhaps Mary was a victim of her own circumstances her beauty, her lack of fortune and a father figure seem almost to have given her little choice as to the direction her life would take or perhaps she suffered because of her own poor choices.Whatever the case, hers is a compelling story However, I do have reservations about the book which prevented me from rating ithighly things which are to do with the execution rather than the content.This is a matter of personal preference, I know, but I am not fond of historical fiction written in the first person I find the viewpoint is often too limited, the style too simplistic and that it frequently leads to clunky exposition of the as you know, Bob variety, where information is inserted into conversations or thoughts in a very unrealistic manner because there is no other way to convey it to the reader But a review is always going to be subjective and as such, I recognise that others may not share my tastes Were I rating the book for content alone, I would probably have given it 4 starsLady of Passionwas easy to read and I got through it in two or three sittings The story moves quickly sometimes too quickly as I felt that there were times things were glossed over, but it did hold my interest, and I enjoyed reading it

  2. says:

    In Lady of Passion, Freda Lightfoot chronicles the life of Mary Darby Robinson The English Sappho , a Georgian era poet, actress, feminist, and courtesan The novel is written as an autobiography in Mary s own hand, looking back on her life, full of mistakes, triumphs, etc Though I thought the novel dense and a bit inaccessible, Lightfoot s subject matter was new and interesting, making Lady of Passion an enjoyable read overall.Though prior to reading this novel, I had never heard of Mary Ro In Lady of Passion, Freda Lightfoot chronicles the life of Mary Darby Robinson The English Sappho , a Georgian era poet, actress, feminist, and courtesan The novel is written as an autobiography in Mary s own hand, looking back on her life, full of mistakes, triumphs, etc Though I thought the novel dense and a bit inaccessible, Lightfoot s subject matter was new and interesting, making Lady of Passion an enjoyable read overall.Though prior to reading this novel, I had never heard of Mary Robinson, I soon found that she had a niche among other names I assosiated with the Georgian and Regency eras Mary was friends with Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and Mary Wollstonecraft She met Marie Antoinette and was the mistress of George IV, future Prince Regent and King Politically, she supported abolitionist William Wilberforce and statesmen Charles James Fox I was quite delighted to learn about this woman and her actions she is certainly admirable and worthy of attention I think Lightfoot was able to highlight Mary s successes and accolades while still drawing the portrait of a realistic, flawed human.As I said, Lady of Passion is positively brimming with historical detail, and Mary s narration is fully immersed in the times This helped to create a believable glimpse of England during the period 1770 1800, approximately I definitely believed in this novel s accuracy, which is so important to me when reading historical fiction And after some research into Mary Darby Robinson, I was evenimpressed with this book.At the same time, Lady of Passion wasn t knock out for me I didn t love it Mostly, I think, because I found Freda Lightfoot s prose to be fairly remote The author s narration is informative and detailed, but in some cases it lacked emotion For instance, Mary Robinson carried on a long term love affair with a soldier for much of the book, but I never believed in their love Because of the style and purpose of the book, I don t believe that to be a huge set back, but I would have liked to seefeeling in the truly emotional phases of Mary s life.Altogether, I am very pleased with this novel I loved the story and the woman that was Mary Robinson The author didn t take unnecessary liberties with historical fact to make the story better , and I think that was wonderful, as Lady of Passion did very well on its own For fans of the genre, and for fans of strong, independent female characters, this is a book worth checking out

  3. says:

    So you were once the beautiful Mrs Robinson begins the prologue of the book in December 1800 Mary Darby Robinson, writing her autobiography at that time, passed away Dec 26 with that work unfinished She died in poverty although her fortunes rose and fell during her life.Was she a victim of circumstances or did she make poor choices The author does not actually say, but rather presents the facts of her life to the reader In Freda Lightfoot s words entirely baased on facts, backed up by So you were once the beautiful Mrs Robinson begins the prologue of the book in December 1800 Mary Darby Robinson, writing her autobiography at that time, passed away Dec 26 with that work unfinished She died in poverty although her fortunes rose and fell during her life.Was she a victim of circumstances or did she make poor choices The author does not actually say, but rather presents the facts of her life to the reader In Freda Lightfoot s words entirely baased on facts, backed up by the less emotional biographieswhen in doubt I went to the primary source.My thought is that she was a victim both of men who pursued her and her own choices The husband who was thrust upon her at fifteen was not a choice she made, however, but one that was thrust upon her Her enabling of Thomas Robinson, a weak but pleasant spendthrift and gambler set a pattern for her life.We can only look to her father who, when Mary was seven left his wife and five children to pursue a life in Labrador with a mistress.The fact that her father remained in control of the family, while not supporting them, cast a very large and dark shadow over her life.I appreciated the opportunity to review this book which was well researched and comprehensive Mary was a wistful character, lived a sad life and Lightfoot documented that life well, although I am not sure the title best describes her or her life

  4. says:

    So you were once the beautiful Mrs Robinson The story opens as Mary Robinson looks back on an eventful life, when she was feted and celebrated as one of the most famous courtesans of her age Her enigmatic beauty enamoured King George IV, and her love of acting and poetry promised a life of independent wealth and luxury But time would expose a different story, and the autonomy Mary once craved would leave a lasting impact on her later life.Overall, I found the story a little bland There wer So you were once the beautiful Mrs Robinson The story opens as Mary Robinson looks back on an eventful life, when she was feted and celebrated as one of the most famous courtesans of her age Her enigmatic beauty enamoured King George IV, and her love of acting and poetry promised a life of independent wealth and luxury But time would expose a different story, and the autonomy Mary once craved would leave a lasting impact on her later life.Overall, I found the story a little bland There were some appealing sections when the author described the Georgian era in some detail, but there were also times when the narrative flagged a little and to be honest I was quite bored in places and found myself skipping to theinteresting passages.My thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for the opportunity to read this book

  5. says:

    Well, I have never been much of a fan of the Georgian era While I thought it was a good book I can t say I would read it again This biography paints a true story of the Prince s mistress While I am not on a soapbox for Women s Rights I truly would have had a big problem with having to obey all men Mary Robinson married at 15 She didn t have much guidance from her equally young husband Tom got sucked into the wrong crowd and went to prison She was very pretty which was a curse as well as a Well, I have never been much of a fan of the Georgian era While I thought it was a good book I can t say I would read it again This biography paints a true story of the Prince s mistress While I am not on a soapbox for Women s Rights I truly would have had a big problem with having to obey all men Mary Robinson married at 15 She didn t have much guidance from her equally young husband Tom got sucked into the wrong crowd and went to prison She was very pretty which was a curse as well as a Godsend At the end there were no friends or health left I found this to be sad Give it a try to see if you have different feelings

  6. says:

    I read this one fairly soon after reading The Duchess of Drury Street, and about halfway through I wasn t sure I would be able to finish Seriously, the times were so tough on women, but Mary was so incredibly stupid about both men and finances But after I put it aside, I kept thinking about it, so decided to finish it I really enjoyed the look into the time period, and felt like Mary redeemed herself with her literary career.

  7. says:

    I m glad I never ran into Mary Robinson over 200 years ago Cor blimey, I know times were tough but what a piece of work she was

  8. says:

    Review by CazReview Rating 3.5 StarsLink to Review Review by CazReview Rating 3.5 StarsLink to Review

  9. says:

    It was interesting to read about such an independent and headstrong woman in the late 1700s, but I didn t love it.

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