Harper Collins 1st 2003
8vo, black boards with gold titling to spine, very minor wrinkling to d/w edges o/w M/F+ 770 gms
(Order reference 15411)
The author of the bestselling Daughters of Britannia has produced another fascinating read in this biography of five stars of the demi-monde. Her period is 'the long nineteenth century', the 150 years which lie between her first courtesan, Sophia Baddeley, who died in 1786, and her last, Catherine Walters, who died in 1920. All were Englishwomen, but Cora Pearl, Hickman's fourth subject, also cut a swathe through masculine French society. Hickman gives several definitions of the word 'courtesan', the most interesting of which is that of 'the ultimate luxury good'.