Mrs Jordan's Profession
The Story of a Great Actress & A Future King
Date of publication: June 2012
Acclaimed as the greatest comic actress of her day, Dora Jordan played a quite different role off-stage as lover to the future king, William IV, third son of George III. In fact, Dora bore no less than ten children and the couple lived happily in a villa on the Thames until William bowed to pressure and abandoned her. Making full use of Dora's letters to William, Claire Tomalin vividly re-creates the royal, political and theatrical worlds of late eighteenth-century England.
The story of how Dora moved between stage and home, of how she battled for her family and her career makes a classic tale of royal perfidy and womanly courage. Intelligent, finely made and wonderfully readable. As gripping as the best fiction - Jan Dalley, Independent on Sunday.