The Scandalous Mrs Blackford Author:Harnett T. Kane This is the story of Harriet Blackford, who began life as a clergyman's daughter in Philadelphia -- went on to play a glittering role in the Paris demi-monde -- and electrified the world with her sensational romance with a Grand Duke of Russia. — She moved into an elegant house on Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square with no assets but her tremendou... more »s charm and her vital beauty. She soon became the toast of the rich young men of the city. Scandalized Philadelphia whispered at the magnificence in which she lived.
Driven from Philadelphia by bitter gossip, Harriet moved on to Paris -- the Paris of special brilliance before the Franco-Prussian War -- and a freedom she had never known before. Her salon was crowded with the rich, the powerful, the intellectual, and the famous courtesans of the day. But all this ended with the grim reality of the German siege ... and St. Petersburg beckoned. Here Harriet met Nicholas, nephew of the Tsar, the brilliant boy haunted by the decadence of a court where Rasputin was to flourish.« less