The Beauty of Her Age : A Tale of Sex, Scandal and Money in Victorian England EPUB
Yolande Duvernay was born in poverty in Paris in 1812.
Under the control of a formidable stage mother, she became a celebrated ballerina - the favourite dancer of Princess Victoria - renowned for her beauty, grace, and provocative style on stage.
Sold for sexual assignations from puberty, she gave birth to two children and became the mistress of a succession of men.
When she became the mistress of Stephens Lyne Stephens, son and heir of the richest commoner in England, her mother was rewarded with over a million pounds in today's money. There was a massive scandal a few years later when she manipulated Stephens into marriage, and when he died, he left her a life interest in his entire fortune.
With an annual income worth more than six million pounds today, she became the wealthiest woman in England â€“ even richer, it was said, than Queen Victoria. While her husbandâ€™s will was placed in the infamous Court of Chancery and lawyers began to pore over every word, Yolande seduced the British military attachÃ© in Paris.
With an eye on her fortune, General Claremont took charge of her financial affairs, and soon he and his wife were sharing her wealthy lifestyle in a barely disguised mÃ©nage-Ã -trois. Jenifer Roberts unearths this fascinating story of sex, scandal and money, and proves that truth really can be stranger than fiction.
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