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Claire Tomalin Å 5 review Read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Å Claire Tomalin Free download Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Documents As social history the tale is irresistible; as a love story with a painful and brutal ending it is unforgettabl. For my full review finished this book on the bus on my way home from work then sat uietly for a few minutes in reflection got off at my stop walked up to the house got in the door then turned to my significant other and said I am so disappointed in William IV right now Despite him being one of our lesser celebrated monarchs and I have always known that he had precious little political achievements which one could celebrate I had always kind of liked him I knew that he was not a clever man or a practical one or even tactful in fact I knew he had few talents but I had always thought he was nice As a child I picked up from my reading somewhere possibly Horrible Histories but likely Plantagenet Somerset Fry that he had hated ueen Victoria s mother so much that he had been determined to thwart her chances of being appointed Regent by not dying while Victoria was a minor When he did finally succumb to one of his many ailments Victoria was eighteen years and three weeks old That is some serious will power What I had not uite realised though was uite how cold bloodedly selfish and cruel he had been in his domestic conduct and it was that which aroused my disgust I was completely wrong about him The man was a louse and the woman he betrayed was one of the most truly remarkable figures of her ageDorothy Jordan styled herself as Mrs Jordan for most of her life but as certain parties pointed out after her death not only was she never officially married there was never any Mr Jordan figure in her life at all She was born Dora Bland but even that name was only held on a technicality since her parents had not gotten round to getting married Both working in the theatre Dora s parents had fled respectable homes for a life around the stage but when Dora was around thirteen her father repented of his wicked life and abandoned his common law wife and the nine children she had borne him to go and marry someone officially Contact afterwards was sporadic at best and suddenly Dora was the main wage earner This was a pattern that would repeat itself throughout her lifeClaire Tomalin clearly developed a very warm feeling towards her subject but it is not hard to see why Through her letters Dora does come across as an intelligent and witty woman circumstances prevented her from being a lady meaning that she had to be surprisingly modern in her outlook Throughout her life no matter the peaks or troughs of her personal fortunes Mrs Jordan was forever having to bail her siblings offspring and finally and most disastrously sons in law out financially and no matter how difficult she found it she always did her best to help them out She was generous to all hugely talented and ambitious for her own career celebrated as the finest comic actress of her generation acclaimed as having the best legs to ever grace a stage it feels incredibly unjust that she is best known for being the Duke of Clarence s discarded mistressWhile still a teenager Dora was seduced by her married theatre manager and left pregnant Fleeing to England she was able via contacts to get a job with a northern theatre company but due to her visible pregnancy was advised to style herself as Mrs and her theatre manager suggested the name Jordan since Dora had crossed water to arrive in England This would later cause her trouble since the word was also synonymous with chamber pot In the company of her mother and dragging her siblings along with her none of the younger Broads ever seemed to master the art of earning their own living Dora climbed the theatrical ladder and tried to do the best for her young daughter Fanny She even managed to garner a few shreds of respectability since it was observed that although there was no Mr Jordan there was no obvious sign of a lover either Mrs Jordan was an honest woman trying to earn a livingAll this changed though when she met Richard Ford a police magistrate who promised to marry her once his father gave consent The two settled into a domestic arrangement which produced three children although the middle child Dora s first son seems to have died shortly after birth The years passed though with no wedding and as Dora s fame grew she caught the eye of the Duke of Clarence Growing frustrated with Ford and recognising that he was not going to commit she seems to have given him an ultimatum either he propose or she would leave him for the prince Tomalin hastens to Dora s defence here worrying lest the reader think her mercenary or that she did not love either of the men in uestion More than anything though Dora comes across as a practical woman who realised that she had to look out for her own best interests and those of her children because nobody else was going to do soDora Jordan was mistress to the Duke of Clarence for nigh on two decades She bore him ten children She wrote him letters full of warmth and affection which Tomalin uotes extensively The writer and diarist Fanny Burney recalls a friend s embarrassment on being introduced to Mrs Jordan and taking her to be the duke s wife and thus being mortified afterwards at having given precedence to a kept woman Of course Dora was never really kept she continued to work often bailing the duke out of his debts although over time he grew insecure about her fame and demanded that she stop performing in London She was no Alice Perrers Even King George III generally so despairing of his sons inability to form conventional marriages funded Clarence s purchase of Bushey appearing to recognise that one decent mistress was better than a troublesome wife Caroline of Brunswick caused bother than Dora ever didIt was so easy to see the warmth of the Bushey home William wrote fretful notes of how Dora had been complaining for several hours in her labour for their latest infant when his brothers might suggest that he marry someone rich he solemnly responded that he was uite content with Mrs Jordan As pseudo duchess Dora seems to have set up a local school and been heavily involved in local charity work having firsthand experience of poverty The Prince of Wales and his brothers visited their home and afforded Dora ever precedence as hostess Yet still the cracks were always there Every so often bishops would be dispatched to Bushey to remonstrate with Clarence on his way of life And Clarence s mother and sisters were never able to speak to Dora they could only watch her performing on stage from the Royal box I was really caught by this image of how this little cluster of unhappy spinsters must have looked down on the mother of their nieces and nephews the woman who had helped their awkward brother find contentment and thought what Did they hope to meet her Did they believe her to be a fallen woman Given that Princess Sophia herself had a child out of wedlock and that they all longed for liberty could they have truly condemned her their almost sister in lawThe tragedy while reading this though is the knowledge that all this contentment the affectionate letters the love of these two people it all has to come to an end I had always harboured the impression that William parted ways from Dora following the death of Princess Charlotte when pressure intensified to produce a legitimate heir I was wrong It was several years before Earlier biographers excused him tiring of Dora claiming that she had gotten fat she had borne ten of his children and he was none so slim himself and wheezy Tomalin is far critical her indignation simmers from the page Eldest daughter Sophia seems to have realised uickly which side her bread was buttered on but second son Henry wrote a heartbreaking letter to his elder brother catching the pain of a child realising that his family is disintegrating and proclaiming his mother a most injured woman He never seems to have uite forgiven his father and died young William set about courting younger women but without success he was old fat and had no money Who would ever have loved him but DoraIt is not just the cruelty of Clarence though but also that of those around him whenever he was disposed to be clement they urged him to be harsh It was advisers who stated that Dora could not retain custody of her daughters by Clarence and continue her stage career It was they who lowered the age at which the children should move to their father When problems around the settlement arose Dora wrote to the Prince of Wales who had always appeared her friend He thought it a very inappropriate move and refused to respond The petty dishonesty of this the lack of common decency in terms of interactions it is that which turns the stomach There was nobody to speak for Dora to stand up for what was right she was a discarded mistress and given her fame she was a nuisance in her refusal to fade into the background Rumours spread that Mrs Jordan planned to publish Clarence s letters to her Princess Charlotte thought it would have served him right but Dora returned them for fear that the gossip would injure the children in his eyes Indeed the parable of King Solomon and the mothers comes to mind Dora wanted to keep her daughters with her but she seems to have recognised that the best path for their lives lay with what their father s family could offer and having heard disturbing reports that Clarence was being urged to disown his daughters she gave up custody As Tomalin points out this decision served her girls well as they all made good marriages but it was devastating for their motherIt is hard not to have contempt for William in his behaviour towards the woman who had essentially been his wife for twenty years After they parted he went about gathering up every image of her he could find he could revere the portrait as he was never able to do for the flesh and blood woman Unable to attract a wife he lived on in Bushey still burdened by debt Tomalin refers to this Micawber like existence surrounded by his children and all of them longing for a note from Dora which tended to include a pound note from her theatrical wages meaning that food could be put on the table Yet for all his disastrous decision making William was not the only villain of this particular piece Dora had long been plagued by her daughter Fanny s poor behaviour and then that of Fanny s husband Her second daughter s husband appeared a pleasant fellow and in one of her customary feats of generousity she allowed him access to her bank accounts This was fatal he bankrupted her While he could sit comfortably with none of the debt in his name Dora was forced to flee to France to escape his creditors Nobody offered to help Death came uickly and one would suspect was welcomed Her rise had been meteoric but her fall had been eually soIn death William could love Dora again Once he was King he commissioned a statue of her which subseently had a long and cheuered history with nobody willing to take responsibility for it He married Adelaide who proved an adept stepmother but still kept all his Dora portraits and commented on her worthiness to observers His children were given titles after he acceded to the throne and the eldest George seems to have hoped that he might manoevre his way to the throne finally committing suicide in middle age Dora herself faded becoming a paragraph in a biography Victorians acknowledged that William IV had once lived with an actress but proclaimed that the less said about it the better My King and ueens book kept everything to a four line maximum I knew her name and nothing else and dimly put her on a par with Mrs Fitzherbert when in fact Dora came far closer to acting as a wife than the former ever didThis was a book that made me so sad like Tomalin I really took to Dora Her letters make her seem very approachable she had experiences and understanding of all walks of life formidable intelligence and an incredible work ethic She got to the top of her profession through hard graft and perseverance but also through a determination to do right by those who depended upon her her tragedy was that she never seems to have truly had anyone in her life that she could rely on I have read biographies of Dora s contemporaries Emma Hamilton Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire Princess Charlotte but I have never liked any of the subjects as much as I liked Dora I can well imagine why Clarence fell in love with her he seems to have been the best possible version of himself while he was her partner but he could not live up to his commitment certainly not to her and clearly she did not trust him to do so for their children What came across forcefully within Mrs Jordan s Profession was that George III s sons were a group of spoilt and immature children who could only stick with something while it suited them and that they were content to abandon their toys the second they stopped being amusing and that they could do so without guilt By virtue of being royal they lost their consciencesMrs Jordan s Profession may have lost me a king I uite liked but it has given me a new heroine Dorothy Bland Tomalin makes her here so much than the scandalous woman who acted as companion to a king we see Dora for the remarkable person she truly was a woman ahead of her time someone of magnificent heart and passionately loyal to those she cared about If fate had been kinder she could have been a truly spectacular ueen One could argue and William IV most certainly did that the final author of Dora s downfall was her son in law but William did not lift a finger to assist her in her distress I think of John of Gaunt forced to part from Katherine Swynford due to the pressure of public opinion and in a far brutal age but he still managed to act with honour and dignity and he made sure that it was known what would happen to those who injured the mother of his children she was no longer kept but she had not lost his protection The history of Mrs Jordan does not paint the male race or indeed the monarchy as a whole in a good light I finished it feeling genuinely teary and full of sadness for this tough woman who was trampled by those who may have been her social betters but who were certainly her inferiors in every other respect

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Claire Tomalin Å 5 review Read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Å Claire Tomalin Free download Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In a brilliant piece of detective work Tomalin whose book about Nelly Ternan Charles Dickens's secret mistress won prizes. I love Claire Tomalin best living biographer and this is a good oneMrs Jordan has appeared as a bit part player in lots of other stuff I ve read and it was fascinating to learn about an extraordinary woman If you re interested in the history of the theatre women s roles in society the way George III screwed up all his children s relationships the power of satire and the changing or not changing way the media deals with people who don t fit the current definition of moral behaviour this is a cracker The Politics of Size you re interested in the history of the theatre women s roles in society the way George III screwed up all his children s relationships the power of satire and the changing or not changing way the media deals with people who don t fit the current definition of moral behaviour this is a cracker

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Claire Tomalin Å 5 review Read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Å Claire Tomalin Free download Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free As the best biography of 1991 has retrieved Dora her story and her world from the obscurity of lost letters and unexamined. Mistresses are practically as established a tradition in the Royal Family as Trooping the Colour or the Opening of Parliament From Rosamund Clifford to Jane Shore Nell Gwynn to Alice Keppell there has been a long list of them and Dora Jordan fits comfortably into that list Like many of them too she was discarded when her royal paramour tired of her swept under the rug and effectively whitewashed from history One previous historian dismissed the Duke of Clarence s later King William IV relationship with Dora as a connection with a well known actress and left it at thatBut such a dismissal does a grave disservice to both Dora and her relationship with Clarence It wasn t a brief affair or a fling a casual relationship that served both parties and flickered out of its own accord Dora and the Duke of Clarence were married in all but name living together for twenty years and producing ten children together They were devoted to one another and the Duke was an attentive and loving father to his own brood and a kind stepfather to Dora s earlier children Dora did not rely on the Duke financially indeed her successful career on the stage and his tendency to accumulate debt meant that often than not she was the one supporting the family Her presence was grudgingly accepted by the Royal Family and whilst she herself was never acknowledged by the King and ueen her children eventually wereThe story of Dora Jordan is a truly remarkable one rising from poverty and deprivation to the position of acclaimed actress and royal mistress bearing grandchild and children to kings She fought her way up on her own merits and abilities taking control of her own career and proving herself a shrewd manager In Claire Tomalin s wonderful book she comes across as an immensely likeable and sympathetic character and I ended these pages enraged at the way she was treated at the end of her lifeThis is the best kind of biography bringing a long lost and forgotten personality back to life giving her a chance to shine on a public stage once again I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Tomalin s biographies and she has rapidly become one of my favourite authors a writer whose every new work I look forward to immensely I cannot rate this highly enough


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    EBOOK Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince When Harry married Meghan a lot of people had the exciting feeling that it was something new for the royal family In some ways it was – but the story of a prince getting involved with a famous actress is an old and often rather depressing one In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century just like now it was something all the gossip columns were talking aboutDorothy Jordan or Dora as Tomalin calls her had come from an ins

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    EBOOK Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince Read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Å Claire Tomalin Claire Tomalin Å 5 review I've needed time to think about this oneand I'm in danger of running out of superlativesDora Jordan was an immense super star in her day deservedly so Hugely talented as a comic actress with an immense range of ro

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    EBOOK Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince I love Claire Tomalin best living biographer? and this is a good oneMrs Jordan has appeared as a bit part player in lots of other stuff I've read and it was fascinating to learn about an extraordinary woman If you're interested in the histor

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  • Hardcover
  • 413
  • Mrs Jordan's Profession The Actress and the Prince
  • Claire Tomalin
  • English
  • 14 March 2020
  • 9780679410713