"Memoirs of a Courtesan"

Hariette Wilson (1786-1845) was a British Regency courtesan, whose published memoirs named and shamed the British aristocracy, including the Prince of Wales, Duke of Wellington and four future Prime Ministers. Her career began at the age of fifteen and she had many famous, wealthy lovers, all of whom broke their promises to her and resulted in the exposé in her memoirs. At the age of thirty-five she ended her relationship with the Duke of Wellington, resigned from the business, married and moved to Paris where she became an author.

Hariette Wilson’s memoirs are still in print and a recent biography is also available.