At a time of emerging women leaders, the life of Elizabeth Milbanke, Viscountess Melbourne, the shrewdest political hostess of the Georgian period, is particularly intriguing. It was Byron who called her ëLady Mí and it was Byronís tempestuous and very public affair with Elizabethís daughter-in-law Lady Caroline Lamb that was the scandal of the age. Lady M rose above all adversity, using sex and her husbandís wealth to hold court among such glittering figures as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, the Whig leader and wit Charles James Fox and the playwright Sheridan. Her many lovers included Lord Egremont, Turnerís wealthy patron, and the future George IV.??Elizabeth schemed on behalf of her children and her ambitions were realised when her son William Lamb (ëLord Mí) became the young Queen Victoriaís confidant and Prime Minister. Based upon primary research ñ diaries, archives and extensive correspondence between Lady M and Lord Byron ñ Colin Brown examines the Regency period and its pre-Victorian code of morals from the perspective of a powerful and influential woman on the 200th anniversary of her death.