Empress of Pleasure : The Life and Adventures of Teresa Cornelys
Outrageous, ingenious and indomitable, Teresa Cornelys was a unique figure in 18th century Europe whose private life and professional dealings scandalized society. A Venetian opera singer and adventuress, she arrived in England in 1759, leaving a trail of debts and lovers across Europe. She was 36 years old, destitute and the mother of Casanova's child. Within months, she had acquired one of the finest mansions in London's West End - Carlisle House, Soho Square - where she successfully launched the captital's first night-club. For two decades her extravagant concerts, balls and masquerades were frequented by royalty, aristocrats and politicians. She defied conventional morality, the law, the limitations of her sex, and even old age.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 128 x 196 x 26mm | 258.55g
- 02 Sep 2004
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Judith Summers
Judith Summers is a novelist, freelance journalist and script writer. Her first book was a history of the Soho district of London, which was published in 1989 and won the London Tourist Board Book of the Year. It was whilst researching this book tht she first became entranced by the forgotten story of the extraordinary Teresa Cornelys. Judith Summers lives in Hampstead.