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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 aentertaining 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 burning well into old age I read the fascinating biography of Gertrude Bell, another lady who travelled into the desert, but who had a lotto offer than just a string of lovers and building sites Jane s story gives a good insight into the playground of the upper class rich aristocrats of her time She was a kind of accidental rebel who pushed the limits of social norms and values It seems that she was no hypocrite I am glad that at least she gained some achievement and recognition in the tribe she joined. 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 nothan a few years into her marriage when she caused scandal by eloping with an Austrian prince She divorced her husband in a case that shocked the entire British establishment, moved to Germany and became the lover of the Bavarian King after her prince abandoned her She then married a Bavarian baron before embarking on an affair with a Greek count The baron and the count fought a duel over her, before the baron let her go, and they remained friends to the end of their lives.Jane then later divorced her Greek count, had an affair with the Greek king who was the son of the Bavarian king she had earlier had an affair with , took up with a Thessalian bandit general, left him when he was unfaithful to her with her maid and ran away to Syria, with the maid still in service Because men come and go, but a good lady s maid is forever, right Then whilst travelling in the Middle East she fell in love with a Bedouin Sheik half her age, married him and lived with him to the end of her days, passionately in love, half the year living in goats hair tents in the desert and half in a palatial villa in Damascus She was fluent in nine languages, lived as an independent wealthy woman, beholden to no one, and flaunted the values of society with impunity and not one of the men she was involved with seemed to think of her with anything less than affection, even after she d loved em and left em.Jane was a woman before her time independent, intelligent, in control of her own life, unashamed of her own sexuality In an era where women were expected to sit quietly and look pretty, where love was not expected in marriage and women had few rights, Jane chose to follow her heart wherever it led She comes across as a unabashed romantic, searching for that one grand passion that would fulfil her, and she finally found it with a Bedouin sheikh in the deserts of Syria.Justdamn What a woman What a story.This is an excellent biography Lovell presents Jane just as she is, with no moral whitewashing or condemnation, and her admiration for Jane s strength of character and determination comes across on every page Jane seems very much a modern woman, streets ahead of her time, and it s all but impossible to fall in love with her, as indeed so many in her own lifetime seemed to do. @FREE BOOK ⚡ A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby Ú 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 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 sheikh in her list of lovers and husbands In an age where gently born women by and large lived in the shadow of their fathers or husbands, Jane was fiercely independent, spoke at least 6 languages fluently, designed and built homes in Germany, Greece and Syria, travelled into the wilds of the desert and lived a determinedly alternative life, yet for those who knew her intimately, she was charming, intelligent and unassuming Mary Lovell writes beautifully, and her research is obviously thorough, though she doesn t overwhelm you with it She doesn t make a saint of her subject, which I appreciated, because there were times when I did begin to think that Jane must have been a bit of a diva, but she does paint a very well rounded picture She informes and guides but doesn t beat you up with her opinions either, and is happy to put alternative interpretations on some of thedubious and less well documented aspects of the life she is writing I have never come across such a very colourful character, I ve been inspired to write another sheikh story myself now, and I will definitely be looking forof Ms Lovell s biographies. 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 and ambition Digby did finally get around to becominga mature, likeable person, settling finally in Palmyra with her much younger fourth husband, a Bedouin sheikh The scope of Digby s life is enthralling it spanned all of Europe and a good part of the Middle East, not to mention many of the prominent people of the time She was married off quite young to a much older man, and had she been able to simply settle into the role that had been carefully prepared for her by society, nowould have been heard of her.But, happily, she wasn t able to adapt Her quest for freedom for I think it is this she sought, really, and not just a search for romantic love played itself out over multiple relationships and continents I did tire a little of her continual bedding and wedding, but the final chapter of her life was so admirable that it s hard to imagine even a fictional life ending withpoetic resonance and redemption.Lovell has written several other well received biographies of iconoclastic women, among them Beryl Markham, Amelia Earhardt, Isabel Burton, and the Mitford sisters I wish she d undertake a biography of African explorer Mary Kingsley or perhaps courtesan hellion Lola Montez speaking of the latter, now there was a scandalous life 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 believes your self worth, pride and integrity is falling you are willingly breaking down the fibers that hold the good character and values in the Light Jane had it all and willingly threw it away, gaining what her soul most desired freedom, passion, and constant challenge She broke many hearts on the way to the desert life She broke a few hearts in the desert as well her Muslim husband, 20 years her junior, while being lawfully able to have four wives, divorced his only one at the time, the mother of his two sons, in order to possess Jane on her terms She was born an English rose and died a desert matriarch while being a high society gypsy in between By the end of life she was doing a lot of charity, which speaks well of her character, tamed by years But until the last breath, despite Medjuel s tenderness, she was tortured by jealousy What a price to pay for having a young husband I am not sure if I admire Jane Digby for her strength, energy and following her call for happiness or belittle her for the greatest lack of responsibility and respect to herself as a Woman Read this exceptional biography of an exceptional woman to find out for yourself Victoria Evangelina 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. 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 someone she was attracted to who would also give her his complete attention Quite a few tried It was not an easy task By the end of the novel I was wondering if she was bipolar She was extremely impulsive and greatly enjoyed the attention of the honeymoon phase of a relationship She demanded that total attention as time went on Sometimes she seemed a bit manic, rushing between romantic highs and post relationship depression Her final marriage was not the romance Lovell makes it out to be in summary She was a rich European woman who made a good connection for a Bedouin tribe She was supplying their guns and ammunition and negotiation with the European powers Medjuel, her final husband, was observant and attentive, but most of their great love was in Digby s own mind Medjuel lasted long because he could spend half the year orin the desert with his tribe And still, there is chapter after chapter of Digby chasing him into the desert because she is jealous of this ex wife she made him divorce his previous wives to marry her or that possible new wife By the end she comes off as unstable The author spends half of the book in Damascus and the desert Frankly, there is not enough interesting material for this section and I am very interested in Bedouin culture The problem is that after Digby s initial travels through Syria the book focuseson her life at home in Damascus, great Europeans who visit her, her intense jealousy of Medjuel s possible loves It is her story, but this long tract of Digby s domesticity only serves to make her difficult personalityobvious. 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 intelligent and charming, this doesn t come across in any of her diary entries or letters, which are paraphrased throughout the biography and give the narrative of its second half a telltale overwrought Victorian tone Instead Digby comes across as a spoiled, rich woman whose emotional life had never moved past the stage most of us grow out of by the age of 16 She falls in love with man after man, apparently learning nothing from the painful rejections that follow They follow so consistently, one assumes that once men got over the thrill of boinking A Beauty, she didn t have much else going for her that would keep them around If she was half as selfish as she comes across one can understand the objects of her obsessions characteristic flight Because the way she treated other people was appalling She abandoned the children her neglect didn t kill, and showed zero interest in them as they grew up, allowing one daughter to grow up not even knowing who her mother was She married a man she didn t love and abandoned him and their joint children without a backward look and save for an occasional letter had no contact with those children, one of whom became severely mentally ill She encouraged the Bedouin love of her life to divorce the mother of his two children and another wife later and rejoiced when hearing of his other wives deaths Her sexuality rather than appearing liberated comes across as pathological I wonder if her relationship, with the Bedouin Medjuel, lasted as long as it did because neither partner could look behind the stereotypical roles they were playing and because the language barrier probably kept them from understanding each other all that well I m always interested in stories of women who have successful long term relationships with men much younger than themselves, having done just that myself for many years But I came away unimpressed with this relationship which, reading between the lines appears to have been largely a fantasy on Digby s part that ignored the reality that her husband spent much of the year off in distant places without her and most likely with other wives that she was kept, most of the time, from knowing about Her wealth attracted men who exploited her as she grew older, and though we mostly see her marriage to Medjuel through her diary entries, which paint him as Mr Perfect to a cloying and unbelievable extent, one suspects that Jane created a pleasing fantasy of love for herself as she aged past menopause and the fires cooled, which was much easier to maintain without the frequent presence of her husband. 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