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King's Mistress, Queen's Servant


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First biography of the remarkable Henrietta Howard - royal mistress and bluestocking in the court of George II

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Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. She went on to a successful career in heritage and has worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Archives. In 2002, at the age of 30, she was appointed Learning Director at English Heritage, with responsibility for bringing history to life for thousands of people through events, educational visits and community projects.

Tracy Borman has regularly appeared on television and radio, and has featured in a range of magazine and newspaper articles. She is a regular contributor to history magazines, including articles in BBC History Magazine on the history of beauty and 18th century 'It' Girls. In addition, she also gives public talks and lectures on a wide range of subjects.


"It is the great strength of Tracy Borman's engaging new biography that, like Alison Weir and David Starkey before her, she manages to throw new light on the influence and careers of women in European courts" -- Stella Tillyard Sunday Times "Borman has certainly found an unsung and unusual heroine, what elevates her biography above the others in its genre is the author's sense of humour" Times Literary Supplement "Tracy Borman can tell a good story... [and] her subject is a gift" The Economist "A short and zippy portrait of George II's long-suffering paramour" -- Tim Martin Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year "Tracy Borman handles her voluminous material with easy grace" Independent on Sunday

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