Mary Anne Clarke

(c. 1776—1852) royal mistress

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Though short-lived, this scandal of 1808–9 marked a turning-point in the fortunes of British oppositionists labouring under the taint of French Jacobinism. Aided by an entourage of journalists, street literature publishers, and radical pamphleteers, Mary Anne Clarke (1776–1852) helped the opposition to reconquer the lofty peaks of patriotism against a government which had seemingly squandered the war [2] effort through sexual and moral corruption.


From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

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