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The Duchess of Drury Lane, Freda Lightfoot

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The Duchess of Drury Lane
Title
The Duchess of Drury Lane
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Freda Lightfoot
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eng
Summary
Passion, jealousy, scandal and betrayal - a true-life Regency Romance of the rise and fall of an extraordinary woman born into extraordinary times. Growing up in a poverty-stricken, fatherless household, Dorothy Jordan overcame her humble beginnings to become the most famous comic actress of her day. It was while performing on Drury Lane that Dorothy caught the eye of the Duke of Clarence, later to become King William IV. Her twenty-year relationship with the Duke was one of great happiness and domesticity, producing ten children. But ultimately, Dorothy's generous nature was her undoing and she was to be cruelly betrayed by the man she loved
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  • If Dolly Jordan’s sister Hester didn’t come down with a severe case of stage fright, Dolly never would have become a star. When Hester couldn’t face a Dublin audience, Dolly was forced to go on in her place and, much to her surprise, discovers that she loves acting and has a flair for comedy. As she learns to deal with lascivious managers and fellow actors, Dolly, who adopts the stage names Dora and Miss Francis, is soon playing to packed houses on Drury Lane. Among the audience is the Duke of Clarence (the future King William IV), with whom Dolly becomes involved in a romantic relationship that will last two decades. But while the plays in which she stars almost always have happy endings, Dolly will find that, in life, that is not always the case. In her latest richly detailed historical novel, which will definitely speak to fans of Rosalind Laker, Lightfoot fictionalizes the rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of real-life actress Dora Jordan, whose tragic life was filled with more drama than any play in which she starred. -- Charles, John (Reviewed 03-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 13, p26)
  • Set against the backdrop of Georgian and Regency England, this historical novel by a prolific author (The Queen and the Courtesan; Reluctant Queen ) describes the life of Dorothy Jordan (1761–1816). It is no surprise that Jordan, born into a theatrical family, took up the life herself. What is perhaps surprising is that she captured the heart of a prince, the Duke of Clarence, and lived with him as though married for 20 years, bearing him ten children. When the Duke left her to marry, he provided a stipend for her so long as she stayed off the stage. Ultimately Jordan returned to the theater to help her eldest daughter, though it meant losing her income from the stipend as well as custody of the daughters she had with the prince. She died alone and in poverty, while her former lover went on to become King William IV. VERDICT Lightfoot's title, written much in the style of Jean Plaidy, is well paced, and plausible in following Dorothy's early life, about which little is known. Readers of Regencies will enjoy this, as will fans of Jean Plaidy's work.— Pam O'Sullivan, SUNY Coll. at Brockport Lib. --Pam O'Sullivan (Reviewed March 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 4, p71)
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10178289
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1942-
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Lightfoot, Freda
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no index present
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novels
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  • Jordan, Dorothy
  • William
  • Nobility
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
The Duchess of Drury Lane, Freda Lightfoot
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Publication
Control code
000050380652
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st world ed.
Extent
252 p.
Isbn
9780727882462
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
The Duchess of Drury Lane, Freda Lightfoot
Publication
Control code
000050380652
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st world ed.
Extent
252 p.
Isbn
9780727882462
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

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