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Adam Matthew Digital Has the Scoop on the Real-Life Lady Whistledown
Lauren Clinch, assistant editor at Adam Matthew Digital, writes the following in “A Lady That Knows Everything: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown and Eighteenth Century Journals”:
Bridgerton has returned! Here at Adam Matthew, this is all the excuse we need to go on the hunt for scandal—and what better place to find it than in Eighteenth Century Journals, where a real-life precursor to the infamous Lady Whistledown lays society’s secrets bare. Prepare to meet Mrs. Crackenthorpe, a Lady that knows everything. …
Fortunes and fates were made and broken on the wheel of society, and having one’s indiscretions aired in a scandal sheet like Lady Whistledown’s could spell disaster for young debutantes and established gentlemen alike—as several members of ‘the ton’ discovered in season 1 of Bridgerton. Our Mrs. Crackenthorpe first appeared to English society over a century ahead of Lady Whistledown, however, with the first issue of her society journal The Female Tatler going to press in July 1709. …
Although she followed the custom of hiding her subjects’ identities behind witty pseudonyms—a luxury certainly never provided by Lady Whistledown—Crackenthorpe seldom held back once she had a piece of gossip between her teeth. In between sly asides about Lady Coupler’s wind or Mrs. Slip-shoe’s flirting lie the meatier, more damning tidbits regarding a certain Lady’s attempted shoplifting of a gilded teapot from the nearby India House from which to drink her Bohee; or, worse still, the hoyden daughter of a Well-bred Lady proclaiming a preference for the footman in front of a great deal of company.
If these slivers of gossip have whet your appetite for more, the rest of Mrs. Crackenthorpe’s stories (and her true identity) all lie within Eighteenth Century Journals.
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