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Great Lives: Lady Hamilton

Great Lives: Lady Hamilton    BBC Radio 28mins

BBC Radio 28mins

Humanosity says…Comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi tells the fascinating story of Emma, Lady Hamilton. In this fascinating radio documentary she argues that there is far more to her story than that of prostitute and seductress and that history has not given her the credit she deserves.

This is a brief summary of the podcast from the BBC

Everyone knows Emma Hamilton as simply the seducer of Admiral Horatio Nelson but according to Shappi she was more than that; history has simply palmed her off as a prostitute, a mistress, without looking at the deeper story of what she suffered and endured.

In this programme Shappi, with help from Professor Kate Williams, author of ‘England’s Mistress’, makes the case for how this woman born into poverty clawed her way up through London’s sordid underworld and became fantastically famous posing for artist George Romney. She also became an ambassador’s wife and mixed in diplomatic circles and became the confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples.

Will presenter Matthew Parris be convinced and accept Emma, Lady Hamilton as a great life.

Producer, Perminder Khatkar

Listen now at the BBC

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