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Mistress Peachums Pleasure: The Life of Lavinia Fenton, Duchess of Bolton Lisa Hilton

Mistress Peachums Pleasure: The Life of Lavinia Fenton, Duchess of Bolton

Lisa Hilton

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ISBN : 9780297847687
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256 pages
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Mistress Peachum was Lavinia Fenton, an 18th-century actress who was the original Polly Peachum in John Gay’s celebrated play, The Beggar’s Opera. Both Lavinia and the play were overnight sensations- however, she enjoyed only a few months of fameMoreMistress Peachum was Lavinia Fenton, an 18th-century actress who was the original Polly Peachum in John Gay’s celebrated play, The Beggar’s Opera. Both Lavinia and the play were overnight sensations- however, she enjoyed only a few months of fame before she caught the eye of the Duke of Bolton, a married aristocrat, and her life of glamour became ever more scandalous. With a cast of politicians and pickpockets, highwaymen and whores, Mistress Peachums Pleasure brilliantly illuminates the interplay between the theater and the social and political climate of 18th-century London.