In October 2017, we sat down with Hallie Rubenhold, historian and author of several non-fiction books that are the source material for recent 18th-century costume dramas The Scandalous Lady W and Harlots. Her book Lady Worsley’s Whim: An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal, and Divorce (2008) was inspired by the striking portrait of Lady W in military gear and revealed a wild biography that would be shocking even by today’s standards. And her first book, Harris’ List of Covent Garden Ladies: Sex in the City in Georgian Britain, uncovered details about prostitution in 18th-century London previously unheard of.
Along with her historical research and writing, Rubenhold has advised a number of British historical drama TV series, and she shares her behind-the-scenes insights from working with producers and screenwriters. Plus she talks about her upcoming book and TV projects.
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