An Education In Pleasure Married young to a man hand-picked by her father, Elizabeth Petre is an ideal Victorian lady. She has borne two sons and endured sixteen years of selfless duty in a passionless marriage. Craving a man's loving touch yet loyal to her wedding vows, Elizabeth is determined to seduce her coldly indifferent husband. She knows of only one man who can teach her the erotic secrets of love. A Lesson In Love The bastard son of an English countess and an Arab sheik, Ramiel Devington was reared to embrace both Western culture and Eastern pleasure. Scorned by society and challenged by prim Elizabeth's request, he undertakes her instruction in the art of sensual delight. But when the lessons become a temptation neither can resist, Elizabeth is forced to choose between obligation and a bold, forbidden passion. . . "Takes the reader on a sweeping adventure into the very heart of sensuality and the nature of passion." --RT Book Reviews "Be prepared for romantic erotica the way it should be written. . .truly captivating." --theromancereader.com, 5 Hearts "Combining the erotic with the romantic, Robin Schone tests the boundaries of romance fiction." --The Literary Times
The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin
Author: Frances Harris
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Literary Criticism
The most controversial episode in the life of the seventeenth-century virtuoso and diarist John Evelyn has always been his passionate, complex friendship with the Restoration maid of honour Margaret Blagge, afterwards Mrs Godolphin. His 'Life of Mrs Godolphin', written after her early death in childbirth, exalted the friendship and represented her as effectively a saint. They saw their intense friendship as platonic spiritual mentoring. Yet it is sometimes argued that what took place between them was actually a kind of seduction on Evelyn's part; that far from trying to overcome her religious scruples about marriage to a young man she deeply loved, as he afterwards claimed, he secretly encouraged them in order to keep her in his power, and even falsified some documents to conceal this from her husband, whose patronage he sought. Was Evelyn in his way as much a sexual predator as the Restoration rakes he professed to despise, or does the episode provide a window on an unexplored aspect of early modern spirituality? Undoubtedly there was more to the friendship than Evelyn publicly admitted, but it remains a puzzle still to be interpreted. This new study is based on Evelyn's papers, now fully accessible for the first time, and on important and hitherto unknown correspondence between Margaret Blagge and her future husband. It situates the episode fully within the pre- and post-Reformation debates concerning marriage and friendship (the latter seen by some as 'more a sacrament' than marriage) and the long traditions of platonic love and intense friendships between men and women in religious contexts. Its diverse and vividly realized settings include the glamorous, disreputable public household of the Restoration court and the great gardens of the day, at once 'little worlds' in microcosm and recreations of paradise on earth.
Roberts, who died suddenly in 1995, began this project through an NEH grant in 1991. Gossett and Mueller picked up the process after Part I had already been published and Part II was almost fully edited and indexed. They provide a detailed textual and critical introduction to the piece, using many of Roberts' own notes and published articles, and have added to the commentary and notes that follow the text. Thorough indices of characters, places, and poems in Part II add value to this text. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR