Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin pdf epub fb2

Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin by Susan Nagel pdf epub fb2

Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin Author: Susan Nagel
Title: Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin
ISBN: 0060545542
ISBN13: 978-0060545543
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Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition first Printing edition (August 10, 2004)
Language: English
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Size PDF version: 1521 kb
Size EPUB version: 1264 kb
Subcategory: Historical




Filled with romance, danger, and scandal, Mistress of the Elgin Marbles is the intriguing story of Mary Nisbet, the Countess of Elgin -- one of the most influential women of the Romantic era whose exploits enriched world culture immeasurably. The richest heiress in Scotland and the wife of accomplished diplomat Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, she traveled to Turkey when Elgin was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinaire to the Ottoman Empire -- a journey that would change history.

Interweaving extensive details gleaned from primary sources and excerpts from the countess's own letters, Susan Nagel draws a vivid portrait of this formidable woman who helped bring the smallpox vaccine to the Middle East, financed the removal and safe passage to England of classical marbles from the Parthenon, and struck a deal with Napoleon that no politician could have accomplished. Yet, as Nagel shows, those achievements were overshadowed by scandal when Mary's passionate affair with her husband's best friend flamed into the most lurid and salacious divorce trial in London's history. Lively and informative, this is an engrossing story of an astonishing woman who both defined and shaped an era.