Romantic Liars

Obscure Women Who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire
Author(s): 
Lee, Debbie
ISBN: 
0312294581
Date published: 
April 2006
Hardback
Price: 
£40.00
Pages: 
288

They were homeless wanderers, prostitutes, orphans and factory girls. They hurdled terrible obstacles, reinvented themselves as men, goddesses, witches and princesses to become legends in their own right as England rose to world power. No other group of people rivalled their inventiveness or their grip on the nation's imagination. Debbie Lee unfolds the small stories of six women, with a cast of supporting characters such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Benjamin Franklin, Stamford Raffles and Napoleon, against the grand narrative of England's eighteenth-century empire building. Romantic Liars: Obscure Women who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire is a meticulously researched, spellbinding tale of tragedy, transformation and triumph in the age of reason.