Except now we know it wasn't all that, a point driven home by a new biography that focuses — deliciously — on the women who shared the scandalously plentiful sex life of Queen Victoria's eldest son, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. Prostitutes and good-time girls, actresses and aristocrats, socialites and social-climbers, all took a turn in Bertie's bed, becoming famous, at least among the royal, titled and rich set, for being the Prince of Wales' mistress. One of the first pin-up beauties, Lillie Langtry, the original Jersey girl. The "divine" Sarah Bernhardt, the bisexual French stage actress with an opium habit. Bertie's last mistress-in-chief, Mrs. Aside from her famous descendant, Keppel is best known in her family for her late-life quip about the duties of a royal mistress: "Curtsey first and then jump into bed.
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The Victorians have been notoriously stereotyped as a staid bunch. Over five episodes, Borman and other historians trace the private lives of various famous kings and queens—Victoria, Louis XIV, Henry VIII included—and the ways those private lives departed from their public personas. Fortunately, Borman was available to give us a little bit more information about the chair, as well as explaining why in fact the best job in Tudor England was accompanying the king to the toilet. By which I mean, how much are the things you guys are talking about seeping into public awareness, and does it actually matter?
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