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Patriotic Lady

By Marjorie Bowen

Love brought them together, war tore them apart…

Emma, Lady Hamilton, is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson.

Fresh from his adventures in Naples, a recovering Nelson quickly fell for the charming and beautiful Emma. And so began a love story that would cement its place in history forever more.

With their romance tolerated, and arguably encouraged, by Emma’s elderly husband Sir William, it wasn’t long before Emma and Nelson became two of the most famous faces in the world.

But with divorce and the subsequent scandal that would inevitably follow not an option, their respective spouses remained an obstacle.

And so Nelson lived openly with Emma, Sir William and his own wife in a strange ménage-a-trios that fascinated the public and eventually induced the Admiralty to send Nelson back to sea and away from the uncontrollable gossip.

The story of Nelson and his Emma, with their extraordinary entourage, has been told many times but this truly unique account paints their love story in a whole new light.

Whilst many novels about Emma err on the side of the lady, Marjorie Bowen provides a warts and all account of the infamous Lady Hamilton, revealing her virtues along with her faults.

Praise for Marjorie Bowen

“A book remarkable alike for its vividness and for its historical perspective” – Daily Express

“Fresh, vivid, exciting and enthralling … This is a fine book” – The Sphere

“A book in every way worthwhile … as an individual contribution to the subject, Miss Bowen’s work is of the exceptional class.” – The Scotsman

Marjorie Bowen was born in 1885 and is one of many pseudonyms the writer Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long used. She was one of Britain’s most prolific authors of the twentieth century. Writing was more than just a hobby: her works were the primary source of financial support for her family. Between 1906 and her death in 1952, Bowen wrote over 150 books, garnering much acclaim for her popular histories and historical and Gothic romances. Alongside masterful descriptions and concise, efficient prose, she deftly rendered larger-than-life subjects in the minds of her readers. To this day, aficionados of the genres covet Bowen’s work. Her other titles include The Sword Decided, Mary Queen of Scots, The Queen’s Caprice, The Governor of England, Mistress Nell Gwynn and Dickon.

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