‘The most famous woman in Europe’ 200 years on

Her private life, scandalous at the time for its number of affairs with younger men, meant that more attention was given to the gossip than the ideals. She is often contrasted with Jane Austen, whose fame has only grown with time. In fact, the Austen family sedulously built up a picture of a shy and … Continue reading ‘The most famous woman in Europe’ 200 years on