By Diana Souhami
Alice Keppel, the married lover of Queen Victoria's eldest son and great-grandmother to Camilla Parker-Bowles, used to be a key determine in Edwardian society. Hers was once the suitable face of adultery. Discretion used to be her hallmark. It was once her artwork to be the king's mistress and but to laud the Royal relatives and the establishment of marriage. ambitious and manipulative, her attentions to the king introduced her wealth, strength, and standing. Her daughter Violet Trefusis had a protracted tempestuous affair with the writer and aristocrat Vita Sackville-West, within which Vita left her husband and sons to commute in a foreign country with Violet. It was once a liaison that threatened the cloth of Violet's social global, and her ardour and recalcitrance in pursuit of it pitted her opposed to her mom and society. From memoirs, diaries, and letters, Diana Souhami portrays this attention-grabbing and extreme mother/daughter dating. Her tale of those girls, their fans, and their lovers' moms, highlights Edwardian - and modern - duplicity and double criteria and is going to the center of questions about sexual freedoms.