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Ian Graham

  • b7366092813has quoted8 months ago
    • Ninon de l’Enclos, who was offered fifty thousand crowns by Cardinal Richelieu for one night in her company—money left in her will bought books for a nine-year-old boy called François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire;
  • b7366092813has quoted8 months ago
    Lola Montez, a fake Spanish dancer who caused a revolution;
  • b7366092813has quoted8 months ago
    Grigory Orlov, who helped to end the reign of Catherine’s husband, Peter III, which resulted in Catherine becoming empress;
  • b7366092813has quoted8 months ago
    • Cixi, a concubine who rose from obscurity to rule China for nearly half a century.
  • b7366092813has quoted8 months ago
    The ruthlessness she displayed typified her cold, calculating attitude to men, who, to her, were merely sources of money.
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