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Mary Robinson was an actress, poet and novelist, known in her time as the "English Sappho". Geoge IV fell in love with her after seeing her onstage in 1779, but later broke off the affair - after which her career was destroyed. The government is said to have paid her five thousand pounds to return the King's love letters.

Famous royal mistresses

Orange-sellers, cross-dressers, actresses and spies. Inspired by Madonna's biopic of Wallis Simpson, currently being filmed in London, we give you a gallery of the most fascinating royal mistresses in British history.

Elizabeth Woodville (1437- 8 June 1492). Her marriage to Edward IV was a cause célèbre of the day, thanks to Elizabeth's great beauty and lack of great estates.Her marriage greatly enriched her siblings and children, but their advancement incurred the hostility of the Earl of Warwick, which resulted in his joining the Lancastrian cause. Elizabeth remained politically influential even after Edward's death and she would play an important role in securing Henry VII's accession to the throne.

Elizabeth Woodville, consort of Eward IV century portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York

This is "pretty, witty Nell Gwynn", as Samuel Pepys famously dubbed her. A mistress of Charles II, she grew up in poverty, and is said to have made her living as a young woman hawking oranges around theatres. She later became an actress.

Famous royal mistresses

Orange-sellers, cross-dressers, actresses and spies. Inspired by Madonna's biopic of Wallis Simpson, currently being filmed in London, we give you a gallery of the most fascinating royal mistresses in British history.

Victoria, Prince Royal of England with fiance Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, four days before their wedding

Victoria, Prince Royal of England with fiance Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, four days before their wedding. Vicky was only

1598 Queen Elizabeth 1st

Queen Elizabeth I Unknown Artist. 1598 Queen Elizabeth I with the Cardinal & Theological Virtues Unknown Artist

Sir Henry Lee, son of Margaret Wyatt, Anne Boleyn's favorite companion  Sir Henry Lee KG (1533 – 12 February 1611) of Ditchley was Master of the Ordnance under Queen Elizabeth I of England.

1600 Unfinished portrait sketch of Sir Henry Lee - Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - Historical Portraits

mary stuart queen of scots jewels - Pesquisa Google

Francis II of France & his wife Mary, Queen of Scots. (The double portrait was taken from Francis' mother, Catherine De Medici's "Book of Hours".) Mary married Francis II of France He was the son of Henry II of France and Catherine de Medici.

Hugh Glass | The Top 15 Most Badass People That You've Never Heard Of

Mauled By A Bear, Crawled Back To Civilization: The Hugh Glass Story

Amalie von Wallmoden, Countess of Yarmouth (1704 - 1765)

Amalie Sophie Marianne von Wallmoden, Countess of Yarmouth April or 20 October was the mistress of George II of Great Britain from the until his death in

Portrait of a Young Woman Netherlandish Painter c.1535 MET

big bold style and blackwork An Unknown Child by a member of the Flemish School, (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Nazi Girls do it Für Der Führer !

Times Wide World German girls celebrating the 1935 plebiscite that attached the Saarland to Germany. More than 90 percent of the votes favored the German connection.

Irma Grese, the infamous female camp guard, who committed heinous war crimes. One of the most famous women during the Nazi period, Irma Grese called “Bitch Belsen” (and for good reason). http://servv89pn0aj.sn.sourcedns.com/~gbpprorg/judicial-inc/Irma_Grese_by_redirect.htm

The Blonde Beast of Birkenau and Belsen:The Life and Crimes of Irma Grese

“ In the glamorous, and brittle world of the Second Empire, no one glittered more among the demi-monde than the English courtesan named Cora Pearl. ”

“ In the glamorous, and brittle world of the Second Empire, no one glittered more among the demi-monde than the English courtesan named Cora Pearl.

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