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Lady of Passion: The Story of Mary Robinson

2.84  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Beautiful and talented actress, poet and fashion icon, Mary Robinson was one of the most famous women of her time – yet she died virtually penniless, her reputation in ruins.  For Mary was destined always to be betrayed by the men she loved, whether it be her father, a prosperous Bristol merchant who abandoned his family for a life of adventure  - and another woman; her hu ...more
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Published October 1st 2013 by Severn House Publishers
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3.5 stars.

Lady of Passion is a brief, but fairly comprehensive account of the life of Mary Robinson, one of the mistresses of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV). I know little about her, other than of her relationship with George and that he became enamoured of her when she was playing the role of Perdita in The Winter’s Tale. What I hadn’t known was that in her later years, she became well known as a poet and author – in fact, she had written poetry all her life and the publication
Carmela Gallina
Aug 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not really my cup of tea. I picked it because I liked the cover but when I began to read it I found it wasn’t keeping my attention
In Lady of Passion, Freda Lightfoot chronicles the life of Mary Darby Robinson (“The English Sappho”), a Georgian-era poet, actress, feminist, and courtesan. The novel is written as an autobiography in Mary’s own hand, looking back on her life, full of mistakes, triumphs, etc. Though I thought the novel dense and a bit inaccessible, Lightfoot’s subject-matter was new and interesting, making Lady of Passion an enjoyable read overall.

Though prior to reading this novel, I had never heard of Mary Ro
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"So you were once the beautiful Mrs. Robinson?" begins the prologue of the book in December 1800. Mary Darby Robinson, writing her autobiography at that time, passed away Dec. 26 with that work unfinished. She died in poverty although her fortunes rose and fell during her life.

Was she a victim of circumstances or did she make poor choices? The author does not actually say, but rather presents the facts of her life to the reader. In Freda Lightfoot's words " entirely baased on facts, backed up by
"So you were once the beautiful Mrs. Robinson?"

The story opens as Mary Robinson looks back on an eventful life, when she was feted and celebrated as one of the most famous courtesans of her age. Her enigmatic beauty enamoured King George IV, and her love of acting and poetry promised a life of independent wealth and luxury. But time would expose a different story, and the autonomy Mary once craved would leave a lasting impact on her later life.

Overall, I found the story a little bland. There wer
Margaret Sholders
Well, I have never been much of a fan of the Georgian era. While I thought it was a good book I can't say I would read it again. This biography paints a true story of the Prince's mistress. While I am not on a soapbox for Women's Rights I truly would have had a big problem with having to obey all men. Mary Robinson married at 15. She didn't have much guidance from her equally young husband. Tom got sucked into the wrong crowd and went to prison. She was very pretty which was a curse as well as a ...more
Sharon A.
I read this one fairly soon after reading The Duchess of Drury Street, and about halfway through I wasn't sure I would be able to finish. Seriously, the times were so tough on women, but Mary was so incredibly stupid about both men and finances. But after I put it aside, I kept thinking about it, so decided to finish it. I really enjoyed the look into the time period, and felt like Mary redeemed herself with her literary career. ...more
Peter Wilson
I'm glad I never ran into Mary Robinson over 200 years ago !!! Cor blimey, I know times were tough but what a piece of work she was... ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to read about such an independent and headstrong woman in the late 1700s, but I didn't love it. ...more
Stephanie Lee
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully quick read. Not as great as Ms. Lightfoot's other books but much better than a lot of other books I have previously read!! ...more
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