About the Books

The Comfortable Courtesan

“The discovery of these volumes of memoirs, the prime jewel in the trove of papers unearthed during conversion operations at Yeomans, a Georgian manor house in Surrey, was widely reported in the media. I had the privilege of being called in at a very early stage of the game to examine the materials in the chests discovered when knocking through an attic wall and words can hardly express the excitement I felt upon my first perusal of these memoirs. Their revelations are still being assimilated by historians and literary scholars.

Preparing them for publication has been an agreeable if sometimes arduous task. I took the executive decision to retain the author’s sometimes idiosyncratic spelling and syntax, which reveal her as a woman of wide reading but little formal education. It was also agreed to retain her attempt to conceal the identity of members of her circle and others by using initials, but it has proved possible to identify these and keys to the dramatis personae have therefore been included in each published volume. Significant updating of certain entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has been one consequence.

In order to make these volumes accessible to the wide audience they deserve, extensive scholarly apparatus has been eschewed: detailed references, however, can be found on this site, along with a wealth of other contextual material”

Clorinda Cathcart’s Circle

So great has been the interest aroused by the Memoirs of Lady Bexbury, the quondam Clorinda Cathcart, and her delineation of the activities among her circle, that there has been voiced a considerable desire to learn more of them. A number of volumes, therefore, have been compiled presenting the stories of her friends, acquaintances and associates. It is hoped that they will provide the same entertainment, and mayhap instruction, as Her Ladyship’s own accounts.

L. A. Hall, FRHistS


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L. A. Hall is a historian and retired archivist. Short stories by her have appeared in The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women and The Penguin Book of Erotic Stories by Women. She regrets to say that she does not own a pet wombatt.