“A very fair and balanced portrait of one of the Regency era’s most remarkable—and most unknown—women” from the authors of A Right Royal Scandal (Jacqueline Reiter, author of Earl of Shadows).
Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs lived an incredible life, one which proved that fact is often much stranger than fiction. As a young woman she endured a tortured existence at the hands of a male tormentor, but emerged from that to reinvent herself as a playwright and author; a political pamphleteer and a spy, working for the British Government; and later single-handedly organizing George III’s jubilee celebrations. Trapped in France during the revolutionary years of 1792–95, she published an anonymous account of her adventures. However, was everything as it seemed?
The extraordinary Mrs. Biggs lived life upon her own terms in an age when it was a man’s world, using politicians as her mouthpiece in the Houses of Parliament and corresponding with the greatest men of the day. Throughout it all though, she held on to the ideal of her one youthful true love, a man who abandoned her to her fate and spent his entire adult life in India.
In A Georgian Heroine, we delve into Mrs. Biggs’ life to reveal her accomplishments and lay bare her continued reinvention of herself. This is the bizarre but true story of an astounding woman persevering in a man’s world.
“Reading the first few pages of this absorbing biography, it is hard to believe that the authors haven’t concocted a wild historical spoof, for this is truly an amazing story.” —Jane Austen’s Regency World