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Elizabeth Charles

Confessions of a Courtesan

Based on the true story of Elizabeth Armistead, one of the most notorious and successful courtesans of 18th century England.

From the harsh streets of London, Lizzie Cane rose to become the celebrated mistress of earls, dukes, and even a prince! Then at the height of her career, she risked everything she had struggled to gain by breaking the courtesan's cardinal rule...Never fall in love.

Praise for Confessions of a Courtesan

“In this book full of history, romance, and drama, you get to see how once penniless and homeless Elizabeth Bridget Cane became one of the most respected women in the empire. Her road there was filled not only with pain, turmoil, and jealousy, but also with happiness and love.” ~ Lisa Binion, Bella On-line

“ Confessions of a Courtesan is one of the most fascinating historicals I've read in a very long time. Writing as Elizabeth Charles, Deborah Hale has taken her remarkable research skills and crafted a story that delves into a side of Georgian life rarely seen in romantic fiction. ” ~ Paula Altenburg, co-author of the Game Over series and author of the forthcoming Demon Outlaws series

“A captivating read that explores the passionate life of a brave and extraordinary woman who was ahead of her time.” ~ USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean

About the Author

Elizabeth Charles is a pseudonym for Canadian author Deborah Hale. Deborah's first novel, the Georgian-era romance My Lord Protector won RWA's Golden Heart award and was nominated for the RITA for Best First Book. Since then Deborah has written more than twenty more novels in the genres of historical romance, inspirational romance and otherworld fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Deborah chose to use a pen name for Confessions of a Courtesan to signal romance readers that this was a different type of book from any she has written before - grittier and more sensual.

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Writing Elizabeth Armistead's Confessions

While on a writing break in 2006, I happened to read Katie Hickman's book Courtesans and became fascinated by the story of Elizabeth Armistead. Eager to learn more about this extraordinary woman, I tracked down a copy of I.M. Davis's biography, The Harlot and the Statesman but still it wasn't enough. The story was so big and colorful, I felt it needed to be told in a fictional narrative.

Over the next year, I gave free rein to my research addiction, reading up on Georgian-era fashion, Whig politics, the Jockey Club, and dozens of more scandalous topics, as well as delving into the background of the players in Mrs. Armistead's story. As I wrote the book, I came to admire and sympathize with Elizabeth Armistead. I also fell in love with the two most important men in her life, Richard Fitzpatrick and Charles James Fox . I am delighted to be able to share their story with readers at last!

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Courtesan Links

My blog about thirteen Georgian-era courtesans

Giving Richard Fitzpatrick the Wikipedia entry he deserves!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon's Scandalous Women blog

Pinterest Board - Research for Confessions of a Courtesan

A new Wikipedia entry for Elizabeth Armistead

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