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Mistresses: A History of the Other Woman
 
 
Author
Elizabeth Abbott.
Publisher Duckworth  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9780715639467
Pages/Publication Date 510/2010
Daedalus Item Code 40922
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What is it about such women as Madame de Pompadour, Héloise, Marilyn Monroe, and Camilla Parker-Bowles that allows or impels them to become mistresses? What is it like to have a private life that is usually also a secret life? And is a mistress merely a wife-in-waiting, or is she the very definition of the modern emancipated, independent female? Scholar Elizabeth Abbott intelligently probes the motives and morals of some of history's most infamous and fascinating women, who—whether by chance, coercion, or choice—have assumed this complex role, from Chinese concubines and European royal mistresses to mobster molls and trophy dolls.

"Engaging and full of fun anecdotes and salacious details."—Toronto Star

"It is not just mistresses, it seems, who need to wake up to the new millennium; one of the surprises of this engrossing book is how mired in myth and fantasy it reveals our attitude to mistresses as being."—Sunday Telegraph (London)

 
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