Mary Anne Author:Daphne du Maurier ONE OF THE MOST DELIGHTFUL HEROINES IN ALL OF FICTION — Living amidst the charm and corruption of Regency London, Mary Anne Clarke had beauty, brains and wit, She also had a drunken husband, a wastel brother and four hungry children to support. Determined to escape a life of proverty, Mary Anne embarked on a career that soon took her straight to ... more »the top: she became the mistress of the powerful Duke of York.
But the Duke's amorousness was not matched b his generosity and Mary Anne found that she needed more money to live the way she wanted. Making use of her powerful connections, Mary Anne began selling military commissions. The result was a scandal that rocked a nation. And when the furor finally died down, a Duke was in disgrace, an entire army disorganized, and a cockney courtesan had become the most famous woman in England.« less