The Duke of Wellington loved the company of women; that can hardly be disputed. He especially enjoyed the company of women who were not his wife and had several mistresses during his lifetime. Prominent society ladies such as Harriet Arbuthnot and Frances Wedderburn-Webster are remembered now almost solely because of their connection to the Duke, one of Britain’s first real ‘celebrities’.
Historical fiction is one of my go-to genres and makes up an enormous amount of my book collection. Indeed, when I offered to loan some books to a colleague earlier this year and discussed her preferences, I realised that I could probably count on one hand the books I own set after 1950 (and if I were to discount Agatha Christie, 1900 would be a more accurate benchmark).