The biography of Jane Digby, an ‘enthralling tale of a nineteenth-century beauty whose heart – and hormones – ruled her head.’ Harpers and Queen
A celebrated aristocratic beauty, Jane Digby married Lord Ellenborough at seventeen. Their divorce a few years later was one of England s most scandalous at that time. In her quest for passionate fulfilment she had lovers which included an Austrian prince, King Ludvig I of Bavaria, and a Greek count whose infidelities drove her to the Orient. In Syria, she found the love of her life, a Bedouin nobleman, Sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab who was twenty years her junior.
Bestselling biographer Mary Lovell has produced from Jane Digby’s diaries not only a sympathetic and dramatic portrait of a rare woman, but a fascinating glimpse into the centuries-old Bedouin tradition that is now almost lost.
Reviews of A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby
- ‘A rollicking good tale…Lovell has researched widely and gives a rich picture of this remarkable woman’s life.’Sunday Express
- ‘Enthralling.’Harper’s and Queen
- ‘A compelling narrative… Jane Digby’s sins make a wonderfully good read.’Sunday Telegraph
- ‘A sympathetic readable biography.’Daily Telegraph