Rebel Heart: The Scandalous Life of Jane Digby

  • Title: Rebel Heart: The Scandalous Life of Jane Digby
  • Author: Mary S. Lovell
  • ISBN: 9780393038958
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rebel Heart The Scandalous Life of Jane Digby Filled with passion and adventure Rebel Heart tells the story of Jane Digby said to be the most beautiful woman in Regency England who lived the life of her choice and paid a price for that freedom
    Filled with passion and adventure, Rebel Heart tells the story of Jane Digby, said to be the most beautiful woman in Regency England, who lived the life of her choice and paid a price for that freedom From drawing rooms to tents and battles in the desert, Lovell s narrative demolishes many cliches about Victorian repression Photos.

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    About Mary S. Lovell


    1. Mary was an accountant and company director for 20 years before becoming a writer She wrote her first book in 1981 at the age of 40, while recovering from a broken back which was the result of a riding accident She returned to accountancy but during the following 5 years she also published two further non fiction books that were written in her spare time.She lives in the New Forest in Hampshire, England.


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    1. IT'S FINALLY OVER! This book should be outlawed by the Geneva Convention as a torture device. Geez. Where to begin?The subject: Jane Digby is presented by the author and by others as a feminist icon - a woman who was sexually free, an adventurer, and open to new experiences and ideas that most women in her age wouldn't even dream of. The problem with that is it's all a complete lie. Yes, Jane Digby had sex. With a lot of men. But here's the pattern of the first 40 years of her life: Find a man t [...]

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    2. This is one of those books where I have to give the biographers a good rating for writing a competent biography, but wish I could give her subject two stars for a poorly conducted life.As other reviewers here have noted Jane Digby was anything but a feminist role model. I have rarely read of someone whose entire life was so dominated by sexual desire and who was as willing to sacrifice anyone who stood in the way of its gratification.Though Lovell quotes others as saying the Digby was intelligen [...]

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    3. This was recommended to me, and I am SOOOO glad it was. One of the things that I find difficult to take as an author is when a reviewer tells me that what I've written for a 19th Century heroine is unbelievable. What Jane Digby did in her real lifetime makes my heroines seem incredibly tame by comparison, and I'm never going to feel like I've stretched the boundaries again. Married at 17, divorced at 22, she included several noblement, a king, a prince, a Greek bandit and most notable a Bedouin [...]

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    4. An amazing book about an amazing woman. Considering I had never heard of Jane Digby before I read this, and even had to Google her first to decide if I even wanted to read this book, I was absolutely fascinated by her. By the time this book ended with her death I was completely enthralled by her life and felt quite bereft to come to the end.Jane was born into a rich Georgian family, renowned as a great beauty, married a well-known lord and politician when she was still a teenager, and was no mor [...]

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    5. A HIGH- SOCIETY GYPSYI have a love-hate relationship with the subject of this exceptionally well-written and researched biography. She was willing to sacrifice anyone, including her six children, when called by her sexual whims. But her never-ceasing energy and interest in life can not leave one indifferent. Of course, if she wasn't showered with money both by her first husband and her father, she would had never been able to pursue her many passions. When you start to compromise your values and [...]

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    6. Jane Digby certainly had an interesting life but this book is not the one to tell you about it. The writing is just not interesting. Jane herself I found to be less than sympathetic, a bit like a Paris Hilton with better manners. The descriptions of Syria of the time and of Bedouin life are the only truly worthwhile aspects of this book.

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    7. Lovell as a biographer has a strength which is also a weakness. She only writes about people she loves. Generally I admire that and take her words with a grain of salt. It makes for pleasant reading. However, in the case of Jane Digby she has found someone who sounds interesting in summary but the reality is much duller. Digby was not the modern independent woman Lovell wishes to portray. She was a very beautiful, somewhat spoilt, and extremely romantic woman who moved from man to man seeking so [...]

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    8. What a life! The key word in the title is scandalous, and Jane Digby was just that - a well-born Victorian lady who was married no fewer than four times (and that's no counting the lovers she never got around to marrying). It would be too easy to dislike Jane Digby, as she seems to have been a foolishly enslaved by notions of romantic love, but she's too riveting to become seriously annoyed with, not to mention that at the time there were few other ways for her to channel her astonishing energy [...]

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    9. An account that was just a little too dry to read for my taste. Certainly well researched, and avoiding the pitfalls of adding fantasy. So it's not historical fiction, which could perhaps be written in a more entertaining style, but it's rather closely based on historical facts from a mound of surviving papers. Jane seemed to be drifting emotionally until she found a suitable family in her later years, but never lost her emotional dependence. I found it interesting that Jane's jealousy kept burn [...]

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    10. The biography of Jane Digby reads like the best of fiction. It is difficult to believe that this aristocratic woman with all the wealth of her class and the predictable future, managed to live a life so unexpected, so unconventional, full of adventures, with complete disregard to traditions. She always followed her heart, changing husbands and lovers, did not attach herself to her children, having many, was a close friend and confidant of kings and diplomats and spent the happiest last 25 years [...]

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    11. This started out as an enjoyable read. Jane's scandalous early life made for an interesting story, and while it was hard not to start thinking of her as a bit of a pre-Victorian Paris Hilton that didn't put me off. The problem with the book started when the biographer started describing her life in the middle east. It degenerated into a seemingly endless list of names and descriptions of uninteresting days. Sad that such an interesting period in Jane's life was made so boring. I was grateful whe [...]

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    12. I have found this book greatly disappointing. The first part reads like the National Enquirer and the second a To-Do list. One would think that both Miss Digby and the author had gained an unparalleled depth of self-reflection and observation given the wealth of experience romatically, sexually, culturally and geographically made available to the heroine of Lowell's biography. None of the above is evident in either Miss Digby's diaries cited or the accompanying descriptions by the author. As it [...]

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    13. Ακόμη γελάω! Λες και η γυναίκα βγήκε από καθημερινή σαπουνόπερα! Μα τι πλούτη, τι ίντριγκες, τι ατυχίες στον έρωτα, τι βαρεμάρα, τι σπορά απογόνων! Σε γενικές γραμμές έχουμε τη βιογραφία μιας γυναίκας που γνώρισε πάθος, αγάπη, πλούτη και άφθονη άμμο (1807-1881)!Μου κάνει εντύπωση π [...]

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    14. Although Jane Digby was born during the Regency Period of England, Jane Austin she isn’t.The Regency period is known for the excesses of its aristocracy. Jane Digby’s upbringing and her adult years through the waning of this period certainly influenced her choices. She indulges in a hedonistic lifestyle, never adjusting her moral values to the Victorian standard. During her youthful first marriage Jane's family (and it seems the author) blame her self-indulgence on hanging around with the wr [...]

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    15. Σαν βιβλίο με κούρασε. Το πρώτο κομμάτι μέχρι την Αθήνα τρέχει και ίσα που καταλαβαίνεις πού βρίσκεται η ηρωίδα. Το δεύτερο κομμάτι στην Συρία δεν πάει πουθενά. Στάσιμο, κουραστικό και επαναλαμβανόμενο. Και το τέλος είναι γραμμένο σαν να βαρέθηκε και η ίδια η συγγραφέας. Εκε [...]

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    16. Jane Digby lived a very unconventional life spanning multiple continents, husbands and lovers from her birth in 1807 until she died in 1881. As a pampered English aristocrat, her first wedding was fairly typical of the time with a young debutante marrying an older English peer. She didn't settle into that wedding, winding up divorced after an affair, and headed on to liaisons and marriages. She met the love of her life in the desert and married a much younger Bedouin sheik. She spend part of eac [...]

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    17. The heroine of this story kicks ass in the most old fashioned way. And when I say old fashioned I'm not referring to the fact she's from the 1800s.She kicks off when she's only 16, emerging from the family mansion in the country, to take London by storm and marry a rich, powerful man, twice her age.Lady Jane Digby is something else, though. For her the most powerful impulse in the world is falling in love. And she falls in love, again, and again and again, and each time leaving the previous love [...]

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    18. Mary S LOVELL is an amazing author, beginning her working life as an accountant but with wide interests from aviation to horses. In her biography of Jane DIGBY, she takes us through a scandalous English 1800s divorce after marrying at seventeen an English Lord. From an Austrian Prince, to an intimate relationship with King Ludwig 1 of Bavaria whilst married to a German baron, it reads like a novel, but Mary has researched her subject well and keeps us both informed and entertained as Jane next f [...]

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    19. Genre: Biography/ HistoryAuthor: Mary S LovellBook: A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane DigbyMy star rating: 3.5 out of 5Will I re-read this? noThis book was a very interesting read on Jane Digby's life. I did find it was a little slow read though. I think the writer did a wonderful job on her research of Jane Digby. Think back to what it was like as an aristocratic woman’s life back in the 1800’s London. Here Jane was made to marry a man who was older than her and had to interest with [...]

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    20. Mary Lovell presents the scandalous life of Jane Digby in a detailed yet respectful way. She had access to family papers, so we get the inside personal view that her letters and journals provide, not the scandals and gossip of the press. It is a fascinating life for a 19th century British woman. At 17 she marries a wealthy but unloving husband, only to leave him when she falls in love with another man. After a divorce she is abandoned by her lover who cannot marry a divorced woman. She proceeds [...]

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    21. Born into nobility, Jane Digby was raised to be a lady but ended up living a life full of adventure, love, and scandal for the 1800s public. Her name was one that became legendary, synonymous with scandal and breaking the rules of society. Married as a teenager, her husband was too busy for her resulting in her finding love elsewhere. This search for love would be a lifetime adventure that would lead from England, to France, Germany, Italy, and finally Damascus. The lover of lords, barons, kings [...]

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    22. I re-read this book every year. I think it's that good!Lady Jane Digby was the daughter of one of England's peers and married the nam who was arguably the catch of the season, Lord Ellenborough. Unfortunately for Jane's happiness, it wasn't a love match from his POV and fairly impestuously, she threw herself into an affair. Not very discretely, either. Their marriage ended in one of the first recorded divorces, humiliating for both families, but Jane still refused to bow down to societies' whims [...]

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    23. The biography of Jane Digby, an 'enthralling tale of a nineteenth-century beauty whose heart 14 and hormones 14 ruled her head.' 14 Harpers and QueenA celebrated aristocratic beauty, Jane Digby married Lord Ellenborough at seventeen. Their divorce a few years later was one of England s most scandalous at that time. In her quest for passionate fulfilment she had lovers which included an Austrian prince, King Ludvig I of Bavaria, and a Greek count whose infidelities drove her to the Orient. In Syr [...]

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    24. I was partway through 'A Scandalous Life' when I realized that the author also wrote 'Sound of Wings', the Amelia Earhart biography that I'd just finished. Like Amelia, Jane was a woman who lived her life way beyond the cultural norms of her time. Born in 1807 into a wealthy British family, Jane defied marriage vows and family expectations. Her sexual prowess was legendary. But, the part of the book that I found the most interesting was later in her life she moved to the middle east to be a shei [...]

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    25. Interestsing story about Admiral Digby's Daughter. Daughter of a hero of Trafalgar, Jane is decades ahead of her time as a modern thinker on how a woman should shape her life and that of those around her. She scandalizes Europe with the indulgence of her love and sexual appetites, going from earls to dukes to kings and winding up in the arms of a sheik. With her sheik jane was living the modified life of an English noble woman and a bedouin. I thought from the cover it would be a romance novel, [...]

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    26. I read this years ago and was fascinated by this biography of a well-born Englishwoman who married even higher, than ran off with her lover to Europe. He deserted her, she married a German nobleman and probably had an affair with King Ludwing (not the really crazy one. She ran offwith a handsome greek and married him, but dumped him when she caught him cheating on her and ran off to the hillsto live in a cave with a bandit chieftan and finally ended up married to a Beduin prince half her age. Sh [...]

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    27. I picked up this book because I was interested in learning more about the infamous Jane Digsby. She was a remarkable women who was brought up in the 1800's as an Elite English women She was scandalous because she divorced many men (during a time when divorce was not allowed) and she lived around the world I was interested because she spent the latter part of her life married to a Bedouin in Syria. It was an interesting book but written in biographical form so it was a lot to take in. The author [...]

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    28. This woman lead an amazing life. It is hard to believe she lived in the middle of the 1800's. She started her life as the cared for daughter of a well-to-do family and end up in Syria as the wife of a Bedouin Sheik. In between she was married several times had several children who she didn't raise. I think she regretted some of her choices but she was generous to the poor in Syria and courageous. Reading about the cities in Syria names that are now in the news jumped out at me and I had to wonde [...]

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    29. While I enjoyed very much the story of Jane Digby's life, I didn't enjoy slogging through pages upon pages of painstaking yet superfluous detail (especially the second half). Even so, I am happy to have had my assumptions of early 19th century women upended by this recounting of what I would call "An Adventurous & Unconventional Life". It leaves me wondering how many other "Jane Digbys" have been lost to history or to the smothering social convention of those times. And who are today's "Jane [...]

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    30. This book will make anyone with any interest in history swoon at the excitement! How incredible that one woman, who to many people have not heard off, could have such an incredible life that lends to biography writing like Dan Brown lends to action-packed movie producing.Not only was I blown away by the story that unfurls between the covers of this gem of a book, but I was floored once again by the thoroughness of research that a good biographer must attain to really craft the best narrative a t [...]

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