Seduction & Celebrity
(In association with the Royal Museums Greenwich)
- ISBN 9780500252208
- 26.50 x 22.00 cm
- With 225 illustrations in colour and black and white
- First published 2016
The remarkable story of Admiral Nelson's famous mistress
Emma Hamilton (1765–1815) is widely known as a temptress who ensnared the naval hero Horatio Nelson, and paid the price by dying in poverty in Calais. But this epic love affair, and the judgments surrounding it, have obscured a spectacular life story.
This book, published to coincide with a major exhibition on Emma Hamilton at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, explores her remarkable life – with its ambitions, successes and hardships – and recovers Emma from myth and misrepresentation.
Distinguished contributors provide a fresh evaluation of Emma’s artistic undertakings, cultural achievements and legacy, as well as of the momentous years of her association with Nelson and the unravelling of her fortunes after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Illustrated throughout with paintings, prints and drawings capturing the beauty that propelled her to celebrity status, Emma Hamilton tells the story of an extraordinary woman who broke through barriers of class and privilege
to win her own unique place in British history.
Quintin Colville is Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum. He edited Nelson, Navy & Nation, and is the author of The British Sailor of the First World War.
Kate Williams is Professor of History at the University of Reading. Her biography England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton was published in 2006.