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    The Scandal of the Century

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    ISBN: 9781405953320
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    AuthorHilton, Lisa
    Pub Date09/05/2024
    BindingHardback
    Pages352
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD
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    'A sweeping, scintillatingly original, exciting exploration of writer, spy, power player, lover Aphra Behn' Kate Williams, historian and author of Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots



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    A CLANDESTINE AFFAIR

    'Whereas the Lady Henrietta Berkeley has been absent from her Father's house since the 20th August last past...

    AN OUTRAGEOUS ELOPEMENT

    ... and is not yet known where she is, nor whether she is alive or dead.

    STOLEN LETTERS, SCHEMING SERVANTS

    These are to give notice That whoever shall find her, so that she may be brought back to her Father, the Earl of Berkeley, they shall have 200 Pounds Reward'

    SEX. SENSATION. CELEBRITY.

    This is The Scandal of the Century - and the true story of the author Aphra Behn, who used a shocking love affair to create the first English novel . . .

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    In 1682, a young woman in the throes of a passionate affair flees her parents' home in Surrey to seek a new life in London.

    A scandal in its own right, but this is no ordinary young woman: Lady Henrietta Berkeley is the daughter of one of England's most powerful men, and her lover is her own sister's husband. As news of this notorious adulteress spreads, her flight, capture and the lawsuit that follow tear through society as the scandal of the century.

    To Aphra Behn, England's first professional female writer - herself condemned as a scarlet woman of loose morals - Henrietta's trial would be more than a source of shock and intrigue: it would inspire her to write Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister, an outrageous and bestselling political fiction and arguably the first novel in English literature.

    Aphra herself is an enigma, the facts about her life continually disputed. By revealing the story of these two rebellious and ruthless women, Lisa Hilton's new history offers a surprisingly original theory on the origins of one of England's most celebrated playwrights.

    Against the backdrop of seventeenth-century England, with its strict traditional conventions of love, duty and identity, The Scandal of the Century shows just how far both women will go to break free.