Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity
'a glorious reminder of [Emma Hamilton's] rise and fall' - The Guardian
Born into poverty in 1765, Emma Hamilton’s talent and beauty brought her fame while still in her teens as muse to the great portrait artist George Romney. In her twenties she achieved still greater artistic prominence in Naples, where, as the confidante of Queen Maria Carolina, she also came to wield considerable political power. Emma embarked on a passionate affair with Admiral Lord Nelson. Her fortunes never recovered from the tragedy of his death at Trafalgar and – following a period in debtor’s prison – she died in self-imposed exile in Calais in 1815.
In an age when people tended to remain fixed in the social categories in which they began their lives, she crossed boundaries of all kinds, broke through barriers and ultimately paid a heavy price.
This beautiful book, which accompanies an exhibition at London's National Maritime Museum, tells Emma's remarkable story, revealing her to be an active and influential historical actor in her own right: one of the greatest female lives of her era.
- Author: Quintin Colville, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, London.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Date published: November 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0500252208
Read Museum Bookstore customer, Alec Stephen's review on the book
'''It doesn’t matter what you do in the bedroom so long as you don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses". This interesting and beautifully produced book for the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, tells the story of how those horses can to be frightened some 200 years ago, and what an improbable story it is.'