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Famous Mistresses in the History of Seduction


"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Men are secretly drawn to wanton and adventurous women who make them feel alive and challenged.They want to chase after a goddess and see if they can win and also keep her.

Witty,intelligent,vibrant and fiercely independent.These famous mistresses were well verse in the art of seduction. Relying on courage,ambition and opportunism,they use their sexuality to procure power and great wealth in a world were men held all the cards.

Not all mistresses prefer to stay in the background and anonymity. Although the whispered words in-between lovemaking in the bedroom or boudoir should not be underestimated, some of the mistresses in this article not only had great influence on the men in their lives but because of their romantic dalliances have also affected the lives of entire nations.

The poems I have written and included tells in verse what some lovers of these mistresses of the art of seduction must have felt and gone through.:)

The attraction begins with a certain allure,the courtship of the eyes...her body language,manner of speech,charisma......

Cleopatra before Caesar

Cleopatra before Caesar


Beautiful and charismatic queen of Egypt; mistress of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony; killed herself to avoid capture by Octavian

How did Cleopatra seduce Julius Caesar,a jaded man who could have his choice of any woman or man? According to the Greek biographer Plutarch, Cleopatra was not really beautiful.But she was a brilliant woman.It is said that the 18 year old Cleopatra was happiest in a library.

From the moment she rolled out of the rug in the presence of Caesar she was able to enthrall him with her magnificent erudition. Conversing in perfect Latin then Greek, she carried on a stream of delightful conversation telling him jokes and stories. Caesar who had never encountered a woman like her was so charmed he made Cleopatra his mistress that very night.

La Belle Otero

La Belle Otero

Dark Eyes

she held my gaze
I pause

Sensual lips
red, inviting
and teases

A slow dance
her body moves
I watch

With every gesture
a spell is cast
into her world
I drift

Heart, soul
chained and bound
my former existence
gone !

.....As she close her eyes
, the hint of a smile

LA BELLE OTERO (1868-1965)

Born Augustina Iglesias Otero in the village of Valga,Galicia,Spain.Daughter of a Gypsy prostitute and an unknown father,possibly a Greek noble.Did not attend school but spoke French and English.Married at 15(divorced).Also known as Countess Carolina de Otero(She took the name of her older sister who died as a child)

She flourished in Paris "Golden Age" as a courtesan and dancer at the Follies Bergeres.Her career also took her to dozens of other world capitals.

She was rumored to be the lover of no less than six crowned-heads of state – including King Edward of England and Czar Nicholas of Russia.The kings of Spain and Serbia, the Grand Duke Peter, and the Duke of Westminster. At least two men fought a duel over her, and another committed suicide because she rejected his advances.

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Legend has it that La Belle Otero's breasts became the inspiration for the two cupolas on the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France.

She acquired and squandered several fortune.Never bashful when spending her money,she enjoyed the casinos of Monte Carlo.Retiring shortly after World War1.She paid nine million francs ( $15,000,000 in US dollars of today) for her home in the south of France.

She died in 1965 at the age of 97 penniless.

Otero's famous breasts

Otero's famous breasts

Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson

WALLIS SIMPSON aka Bessie Wallis Warfield (1896-1986)

American woman who came from a poor family in Baltimore.First married off at a very young age to an abusive alcoholic then she divorced him and married a shipping executive who took her to London and introduced her to high society.

Became the mistress of King Edward VIII when he was the Prince of Wales.

The British establishment have never forgotten nor forgiven her.She was the woman who "killed" King George VI by bringing about the abdication of his elder brother,forcing the stammering George (Bertie) to take up a role for which he was far too frail.

The "American slut" who made Edward VIII shake hands with Hitler.She drew to the surface many of the bigotries and snobbery of that age.

Meeting Hitler

Meeting Hitler

Rumors flew about her private life. Her romances and liaisons with such men as Joachim Von Ribbentrop, the Nazi confident of Adolf Hitler.

The time she spend in the orient where she was alleged to have learn dark sexual arts in brothels. One of her lovers said making love to Wallis was like going to bed with a drunk sailor.

She understood the passions of men and what it took to seduce when seduction was needed.

She who is said to have coined the statement"You can't be too rich or too thin", was stigmatized in the press as being "too ambitious, too ruthless, too greedy, too mannish, too sexual, too cruel, too divorced, too pro-German and too American".

Wallis and David

Wallis and David

But Wallis was willing to give up Edward VIII. When the news broke out in the press, she begged the king to tell his people he was giving her up.

Before leaving for France she scribbled a note to him.."tell the country I am lost to you" and later her solicitor Theodore Goddard called Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin to say that his client was willing to "do anything to prevent the King from abdicating" even offering to disappear to China.

It was Edward's intransigence,not hers that led to the abdication.What he found in Wallis Simpson was a woman who not only gave him sexual satisfaction but also a motherly domestic kind of love he had never known. She gave him a life of serenity and comfort that was worth giving up a crown.

An article describes her as "born plain" which distorted the truth. She had a remarkable kind of violet-eyed beauty which played a part in her ability to overcome the poverty fate had inflicted on her.

In her dealings with men, her legendary"ruthlessness" could also be viewed as honesty and courage.

Guy Marcus Trundle

Guy Marcus Trundle

Wallis Simpson's secret lover ?

British Special Branch surveillance revealed that Wallis Simpson was carrying on a secret affair with a man name Guy Marcus Trundle during the 1936 abdication crisis.

They portrayed him as a roguish character with good looks, who boasted "that every woman falls for him" and said that he was happy to accept money and gifts from Mrs Simpson.

The report also add "He meets Mrs Simpson quite openly at informal social gatherings as a personal friend, but secret meetings are made by appointment when intimate relations take place".

A very young and beautiful Evita

A very young and beautiful Evita

The Gilded Cage

Like a bird in a cage
the memories of flight
have long been forgotten

A beguiling lure
of perfumed deception
beneath the inviting blue azure

Laughter and gaity
beyond the golden bars
I hear faintly

Fleeting moments
mocking me
with tender embraces

A  prisoner of love
beholden for each morsel
you choose to give me

But what is freedom
in the wide open skies
without you

EVA PERON (1919 - 1952 )

The youngest of five offspring,Maria Eva Duarte was born in Los Toldos, Argentina on May 17,1919.

Her mother was the mistress of a wealthy man from a neighboring village. From her mother Eva learned her most valuable life lesson: " A man was her natural enemy or a fool that a clever girl could exploit"

At the age of 15,she met Agustin Magaldi,a tango dancer.Together they leave her childhood pueblo towards Buenos Aires where she began to take on a series of romantic affairs to enhance her lifestyle and move further away from the memories of her early life in the slums of Argentina.

She was seduced and raped as she tried to earn a living.But instead of being victimized by the system, she learn to use sex and a brilliant mind to get ahead. Maria Eva Duarte parlayed a relationship with the military strongman, Juan Peron into a conjugal dictatorship of Argentina.

Eva Peron

Eva Peron

Juan and Eva Peron

Juan and Eva Peron

During Eva Peron's time, The political system in Argentina was dominated by the oligarchy of less than 2000. They owned all the land in a nation of almost 3 million impoverished landless who had little if any rights.The rich never forgave her for instilling in the poor their right to own a part of the country's wealth. She committed the unpardonable sin of trying to change the attitude of the poor."You must want !" she would say."You have the right to ask!" "You must desire".

Her husband Juan and she probably embezzled millions but she initiated and carried out generous welfare reforms,giving millions of dollars of goods to the poor. As Argentina's First Lady she worked to give the workers a better future. Government subsidies were provided for poor communities. Numerous hospitals and housing projects were constructed solely for workers and their families. Social reforms were also initiated throughout the country.

In 1946,in a nation which paid superficial homage to propriety the Catholic Church's Cardinal Caggiano objected to Evita's orders to abolish the term "illegitimate" on birth certificates. Evita who was born illegitimate stated simply "You have one of two choices, do as I say,or we write on the father's documents: "illegitimate father".

Women's battle for suffrage in Argentina started in September 1900, when the first female doctor in the country,Cecilia Grierson founded the Women Council after discovering that the law prevented her from practicing her profession. It was only in September 1947 under Evita's reign that a bill granting Argentina's women their civil rights and the power to vote passed and was enacted into law.


Three years after her death from cervical cancer her husband was overthrown and fled into exile.Every trace of Evita in the capital was destroyed. Her monuments were ruined, her books and pictures burned and her body disappeared for sixteen years.

The rich and landed gentry hated her not only because she took away their exclusive rights and privileges but also because "she was a woman in a position of great power"in a society where women were considered inferior to men.

While hatred toward her exist today,so does love from her supporters.Old ladies in black who were young when she gave them hope still leave flowers on her grave and pray to their Santos Evita.

Evita on Argentina stamps

Evita on Argentina stamps

Billboard poster

Billboard poster

In carnival costume with siblings

In carnival costume with siblings


LADY WU ZETIAN (625-705)

The only woman emperor in chinese history.

She established the Zhou dynasty which existed for 15 years.

Song Qingling, the second wife of the Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen (Sun Zhongshan), praised her as the most outstanding woman politician in Chinese feudal society.

Born into a rich and noble family,she was taught to play music,write and read the Chinese classics.Known for her wit,intelligence and beauty she entered the court of the emperor Tai'Tsung at the age of 13 as a 5th grade concubine.She soon became one of his favorite concubine.But she also had eyes for his son, Kao Tsung.

When the Emperor died and his son Kao Tsung ascended the throne. Wu, now 27 years old became a consort to the new emperor giving him the sons he wanted. As mother to the future emperor of China she grew in power.

Empress Wang's fatal error

When the Emperor Tai'tsung died, all his childless concubines were expected to enter the monastry to spend the rest of their life as Buddhist nuns.

Empress Wang wanted another beautiful concubine to divert Emperor Kao tsung who succeeded his father from favoring another rival consort with whom she was having a desperate struggle.She had lady Wu brought back to the palace and made a consort of Kao tsung.

Wu then proceeded to methodically plot for the downfall of both Empress Wang and the rival consort Xiao and win the emperor's trust and affection. She succeeded in their removal from the palace and from the emperor's favor. She also had them executed.

Her rise to power did not come without a price.

Historians credits her with killing her own baby girl at birth in order to pin the killing on the empress Wang who stood in her way for the emperor's affection.When this failed to eliminate her rival,she found a way to frame the empress of plotting with another rival court lady to poison the Emperor.

Once these unfortunate women were thrown into prison, she leisurely took her time to kill them. She ordered them flogged mercilessly by the executioners,their hands and feet chopped off,before they were flung into a brewing vat and finally cutting them into pieces when they died.

In order to maintain her grip on power

she is believed to have poison her sister,her niece and one of her own sons, and obliging another son to hang himself, with having three grandsons and one granddaughter whipped to death, with ordering the execution of two step-sons and their entire families.Starving to death one daughter in law and three others by other imaginative means.

In addition, she had fifty recalcitrant princes killed (ensuring in 19 instances that all their kin were wiped out with them).She exterminated thirty-six ministers and generals (three of whom had suppressed rebellions for her).and altogether arranged for three thousand families to be slaughtered. Actions that both Sun Tzu and Machiavelli would have approved and Cesare Borgia would have been in awe.The mistress in the art of seduction was also a master in the art of ruling and the use of power.


During the fifty years that she ruled the empire, first through her weak husband, then as Dowager empress to her son and finally as woman emperor, China enjoyed an unaccustomed measure of peace and prosperity.

Military spending was reduced by downsizing the army and removing the influence of military men from the aristocracy, She encouraged farming and commerce by being fair to the peasants,lowering oppressive taxes,raising agricultural production and strengthening public works.

She ran the country with consummate skill and ability. Sacking the incompetent and corrupt. Promoting and advancing men of merit,including on occasion her own critics.Anyone vying for government positions had to take the civil service exams.And she never granted positions of power to any of her relatives.

In 705,old and in ill-health, she was finally pressured to give up the throne in favor of her third son. Wu Zetian died peacefully at age eighty the same year.

Longmen Grottos

Longmen Grottos

Empress Wu promoted Buddhism over Confucianism and Taoism as the favored state religion in order to counter strongly held Confucian belief against female rule.

She build numerous representations of the Buddha.The most spectacular are the stone temples and statues chiseled into grottoes at Longmen,near her capital.Carved into limestone the colossal statue is reputed to have been carved in Wu's own likeness.

the Grand Vairocana (light all over) Buddha. 17.14 m tall

the Grand Vairocana (light all over) Buddha. 17.14 m tall

Ninon de Lenclos

Ninon de Lenclos

Ninon de L'Enclos quotes ~

"A woman who has loved but one man, will never know love."

“Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.”

“It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness.”

“The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience”

"A woman who is through with a man will give him up for anything except another woman

ANNE (Ninon) DE L'ENCLOS (1620-1705)

Courtesan,Libertine,Author,Philosopher and patron of the arts

"The joy of the mind is the measure of it's strength"

Louis XIV "the Sun King" was known to ignore the advice and views of his peers and advisers but whenever he wanted a second opinion, he was known to ask "What would Ninon do?"

Ninon de L'Enclos was one of the most influential figures in 17th century France.Near the end of her life at age 85 she was already considered a national treasure.

Perceiving the inequalities between the sexes. At age 20 she declared to her friends "I notice that the most frivolous things are charge up to the account of women, and that men have reserved to themselves the right to all the essential qualities, from this moment I will be a man"

Until her death more than seventy years later, she maintained the character assumed by her,exercised all the rights and privileges claimed by the male sex and created for herself "a place in the ranks of illustrious men, while preserving all the grace of her own sex".



Her independent behavior and unconventional way of living was influenced by her father who was a libertine and an avowed follower of Epicurean philosophy.

When she lost both parents at a tender age, Ninon had few choices in life.Either to marry,enter a convent, take a position as a governess or become a courtesan. Determined to live a life of pleasure,both physical and intellectual, she choose the life of a courtesan.

Known as "The Queen of Courtesans" She attracted thousands of admirers not only for her beauty and charm but also for her extremely bold and unique way of thinking

the Louvre during the 17th century

the Louvre during the 17th century

Ninon once said,"If anyone had proposed a life of chastity to me, I should hanged myself"

Instead of waiting to be wooed,Ninon was not afraid to be the pursuer.If she saw someone she fancied,she would proposition them with bilets-doux

She had many lovers over the years and she enjoyed sex, but her seductions were intellectual as much as physical

Amongst her lovers were not only the rich and wealthy men of Paris but also many nobles including royalty. Even Cardinal Richelieu was not unaffected by her influence offering 50,000 crowns for a night in her bed. Ninon took the money and sent a friend instead.

Mindful of her liberty,Ninon maintained only short term relations with these individuals.She classed them as either a "player,a martyr or a favorite" the last one obviously got to see her bedroom.

"Molire lisant son Tartuffe chez Ninon de l'Enclos."The figures depicted are Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, Jean de la Lafontaine, the Marchal de Vivone, Nicolas Boileau, Chapelle, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Thomas Corneille, Jules Mansard, Philippe Quinau

"Molire lisant son Tartuffe chez Ninon de l'Enclos."The figures depicted are Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, Jean de la Lafontaine, the Marchal de Vivone, Nicolas Boileau, Chapelle, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Thomas Corneille, Jules Mansard, Philippe Quinau

Women dominated French cultural life in the 17th century.It was french women intellectuals who created the idea of a salon where free flowing thoughts could be discussed and entertained.

In her lifetime, Ninon's own drawing rooms saw some of the greatest and brightest minds in France,including Racine,Corneille, de Francois,duc de la Rochefoucauld and Moliere,who tried out all his plays on her first.

she was an active philosopher in the skeptical and Epicurean movement of the time

In 1659, Ninon wrote La coquette vengée (‘The Flirt Avenged’), a riposte to Félix de Juvenel’s unflattering Portrait de la Coquette. In this work, she controversially defended the living of a morally ‘good’ life without religion.

At her salon,there was no card playing or loud chatter. Abstaining from alcohol herself,she permitted no arguments and absolutely no discussion of religion or politics. She kept things light and easy with an emphasis on music and art.

Ninon de L'Enclos quotes....

"Talk to your woman continually about herself and seldom about yourself"

"It is all very well to keep food for another day, but pleasure should be taken as it comes,

“A sensible woman should be guided by her head when taking a husband, and by her heart when taking a lover.”

“A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them”

“Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.”

Entering her forties,she retired from being a courtesan and decided to open an academy where she taught the arts of love to the sons and daughters of the aristocracy.

Stressing the importance of refinement and good sense in sexual conduct.Ninon's school was an immediate success.

After her death, she was eulogized as a sex icon, the subject of numerous plays, books, and myths.

Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, the noted soldier and diplomat, wrote that her life had been "A shining example of the triumph of vice, when directed with intelligence and redeemed by a little virtue’.

A Dying Ghost

Did you feel the stab of pain
beyond my tears
on that cold brutal night
when the word "goodbye"
told me you were leaving

Yet in scented dreams
I still embrace
promises that turn to shards
bloodied flesh,torn tendons
my only recompense

Into twilight dimly a heart beat
as life ebbs into the dark
bereft of any light
beneath the living catacombs
in angst it grieves in silence

Nights of tormenting madness
as mem'ries rush out in gleeful torture
guttered sounds of bitter laughter
twisted beyond human articulation
echoes my unending sorrow

Graveside flowers my only memorial
hiding behind a veneer of falsehood
on a bed of fragile bliss I lay upon
slaying the past with drunken revelry
the pathos of a forlorn cause reaching out

....for a love that never was


SilentReed (author) from Philippines on August 09, 2013:

James-wolve ~ Thank you for the appreciation. I enjoyed researching and writing the article. It also allowed me to express through poetry how I feel about mistresses and their seductive powers over men.;)

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on August 08, 2013:

WOW Brilliant ..Excellent job here.. Well-documented ..I really enjoyed reading this wonderful article.Thanks for sharing! Voted up

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on May 30, 2013:

And yes, I am a bit obsessional about Evita, but I have read you hub several times, and come back to it like favourite film that I enjoy watching.

Your writing style is lovely and I enjoy quality.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on May 30, 2013:

SilentReed, I am about to go out but thought I would give you the name of the hub.

'Bridges and Connections' should get it, and I hope the hub police don't bang me up, because it is a mortal sin to promote one's own hubs.



SilentReed (author) from Philippines on May 29, 2013:

Twilight Lawns ~ It seems your fascination with Eva Peron continues since your first comments on this hub two years ago. If you are unable to visit the Recoleta cemetery, think of this as a kind of "pilgrimage" to her memory. In which of your hub did you incorporated her? You have made me curious :) Will she be having a cameo role in your latest hub, perhaps as a member of the twilight Lawns retirement home? :) (Just like Anna Anderson who claimed to be the Grant Duchess Anastasia?)

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on May 28, 2013:

SilentReed, my dear friend, I have just read, and been enthralled by this wonderful hub. What an interesting and diverse group of women.

You have chosen so wisely and widely.

Superb research. This must have taken you ages.

Your choice of one, María Eva Duarte de Perón, is a person who has fascinated me from a very early age. I have even incorporated her briefly into one of my hubs. I certainly would love to make a "pilgrimage" to the Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires to see the tomb of one of the most important women of this planet.

Thank you for a wonderful hub.


SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 23, 2013:

nighthag ~ A night spend in their world of seduction will definitely change my perception of the world around me. Not to mention the sapping of my strength and power.....turning me into a mindless doddering Zombie.:) Where's that zombie survival pack when you need one.:))

K.A.E Grove from Australia on April 22, 2013:

I simply love reading about the strong women in history and the most fascinating to me are the ones that combined strength, seduction and power into a mighty combination that changed not only their world but the world around them

a great article!!

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 19, 2013:

Thelma Alberts~ Glad you like it. Thank you for the appreciation.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 19, 2013:

What a great hub! I only know about Wallis Simpson, Cleopatra and Evita Peron. Very interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on September 05, 2012:

Mr Love Doctor ~ Thank you for the added information about Ninon's life. There are so many famous and infamous mistresses in history. One common characteristic they had was perhaps their ability to use whatever charm, guile and wits they had to survive in a world rule by men. Morality was never in play. Considering Ninon had to thread carefully among ruthless and powerful men required steady nerves and courage. Try making love while the executioner's blade hang above you and tell me how quickly your libido wanes.:)

Mr Love Doctor from Puerto Rico on August 18, 2012:

Although it's true that Ninon would not allow talk of politics in her salon, that fact has more to do with her personal safety than enlightenment. The court of the Sun King was a dangerous place of intrigue and petty brinkmanship between the clipped nobles. King Luis had brought in all his nobles and kept them there in an endless series of balls, functions, sport, title ceremonies, and other froth, and the nobles knew they were there so he could occupy them with nothings that prevented them them from thinking too deeply about the fact that they had given up all their real power. They could be and were ruthless to each other in court intrigues, always trying to strip each other of the king's favor. Ninon played a dangerous hand on all sides of every game. In her salons she forbad discussions of politics lest her favorites realize she was two-timing them all. I hardly think she belongs in this Hub with the other strong and courageous women you feature.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on July 10, 2011:

epigramman ~ Thank You x 5 :) I blush but with delight at your vote of confidence. Of the talented epigramman,your fans relish the comments that are patently epigramman's wit and charm.

epigramman on July 10, 2011:

..well I am glad you woke me up from my nap in my coffin - but this is the most perfect hub of all time - with your care and passion and knowledge and desire and enthusiasm and writer's skill - need I say any more - I will post this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here saying to you as I bow down on bended knees:






SilentReed (author) from Philippines on May 19, 2011:

nighthag ~ Thank you.I appreciate your comment that I have manage to put together facts and tidbits of history and turn it into an interesting read. The poems were an afterthought to give a break and some respite from the long article :)

K.A.E Grove from Australia on May 19, 2011:

full of rich history and inspiring women this was a fascinating read! Your poems were an exquisite touch that turned this into more of a revelation and less of a history lesson... thanks for a great article

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 30, 2011:

Freya Cesare ~ Men sometimes do make asses(donkey)of themselves.We are blinded by their allure,enchanted by their charm and fall prey to their seduction.:)

Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on April 30, 2011:

Ah, women. How men keep falling over the same trick no matter whom, when and where. This is had made several men thought they have right to called woman as poison of the world, while it is them (men) who are too easy to fall inside the same hole time after time, just like Donkey.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 23, 2011:

tonymac04 ~ I enjoy reading the comments not only on my hubs but also those of other fellow hubbers.They provide much insight and valuable information. Thank you for yours.I will definitely be looking into the courtesans of Venice and Veronica Franco in particular. Have a beautiful Easter.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 23, 2011:

prasetio30 ~ Thank you for the read and your vote.If there is one thing I learn from reading your hubs it is that we should write not only to inform but also to entertain. Have a beautiful weekend.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on April 23, 2011:

I enjoyed this read very much. These women are all so fascinating.

One that I think one of your commenters might be referring to and about whom I have also thought of writing a Hub is Veronica Franco of Venice. She was amazing women of great beauty and also of great talent - a brilliant poet, among other things. A really wonderful movie was made of her life called, either "Dangerous Beauty" or "A Destiny of her Own." Well worth seeing.

Thanks for the great read.

Love and peace


prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 22, 2011:

I really enjoy reading this hub. You come up with great history which I had never knew before. Thanks for writing this. You deserve to get my vote. Take care! Have a nice weekend...


SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 21, 2011:

SUSIE DUZY ~ Thank you Susie.Glad you enjoyed the read.

SUSIE DUZY from Delray Beach, Florida on April 21, 2011:

Very interesting and well written hub.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 20, 2011:

gguy ~ I'll keep that in mind if ever I'm hauled into court LOL

gguy from new jersey usa on April 20, 2011:

Yes, but I do work with a lot of gay guys, and the are fashion conscious, so as long as she is wearing the right shoes she should be OK, and with a Lesbian Judge she is home free! I did tell her that if they arrest her to call me, I really want to see her in handcuffs, and she is still talking to me, great Woman.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 20, 2011:

gguy ~ Hello again.Your female friend's strategy may backfire on her. What if the male judge turn out to be gay? :)

gguy from new jersey usa on April 20, 2011:

Yes, I have had some good dialogue with some Female friends, one is going to traffic court next week and says she is using the "eye candy" strategy LOL, I reminded her to make sure she has a male judge first!! LOL

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 20, 2011:

Jeanine ~ Thank you for the read and your quote.The quote sounds familiar but I can't place it.Could you please tell me from where it was taken? :)

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 20, 2011:

ahorseback ~ Thank you and you're right.Only a woman can have such an impact on is because of her "charm" that we become putty in her hands and our life become one of extreme mental retardation. :))

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 20, 2011:

christopheranton ~ I didn't plan to write it that way but I kept finding interesting subjects :) Women are already ruling the world...we just don't know it :))

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 20, 2011:

gguy ~ Thank you for dropping by.Glad you enjoyed the read.

Jeanine on April 20, 2011:

Nice read... woman... the one after the prototype... the perfected model...

she bends like the willow but does not break... whisper his name... loving him for his own hearts sake... she stands tall a top the hill... like the cedars from Lebanon... holding humanity as her men... carry on...

ahorseback on April 20, 2011:

Well, you covered this so well that I can't believe it! I'll say just this , In all my life there is just one thing that has such a hold on the power of emotional memory , That one fleeting eye contact with a woman who has it all The eye's of magnetism , the sweet laughter of innocence , The body of a goddess, the skin of soft velvet and the scent of a gardens earthly purity. And yet what does man do ? He runs off to war , to work , to travel the world and to a life of general idiousy. Such a great hub.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on April 19, 2011:

That was certainly some marathon article, but well worth reading. Some brilliant pictures as well.

If one woman could combine all the qualities described in this hub, she could rule the world.

Thank you.

gguy from new jersey usa on April 19, 2011:

Really nice work, enjoyed the subject matter tremendously!!

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on April 17, 2011:

Genna East ~ There is a potential femme fatale in every woman.We men never learn until too late :) Thank you for your comment and happy prospecting :)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 09, 2011:

HP has once again neglected me to send an e-mail with a list of hubs by my favorites authors (another glitch), so I have to go prospecting yet again.

Fascinating hub! I think you have captured every femme fatale that ever lived. Well done!

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 28, 2011:

MartieCoetser ~ Hi Martie, I think yours is the sensible choice. Some women take equal rights advocacy to the extreme.In competing with and trying to emulate men complete with tie and the Brook Brothers suit.:) some feminine glamour and mystic is lost. You can't even open the door for them.They might believe you are being solicitous.(I'm old school ;).If a man cuts across a woman to get a cab and she would just look at the man in a way that says "How could you".That says a lot about her confidence. she knows how to win with charm. And I think that's more effective than being confrontational or a kick in the groin :))

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 24, 2011:

Of course a flowergirl is not a feminist! Haha! I can be both, whenever it suits me :)))) Serious, I am an advocate for women's rights. My boots are made for walking over male chauvinists. Don't understand me wrong. I am a woman with an inherent need to respect and please a man, but the moment he regard me as inferior to him, the b***h in me comes to life. Just know Martie is a responsible hippy... when she puts on her hippy hat. Lol!

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 24, 2011:

MartieCoetser ~ Hello Martie and thanks again for dropping by."Feminism" is not about burning bras in public protest

Ninon de L'enclos life express it better...she exercised all the rights and privileges claim by the male sex while preserving all the grace of her own sex.Looking forward to reading about "Martie the hippy" ;))

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 23, 2011:

Feminist? That's me :)))) Ladies who know both worlds extremely well - whe world of the wife and the world of the mistress - will observe all opinions, positive as well as negative, about mistresses with a smile, praying - Oh Lord just forgive them for they don't have a clue what it is all about.... Once again - this is a superb hub about the topic 'mistresses'.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 23, 2011:

Martie Coetser ~ Yours is the second comment about the derogatory word "Slut".It was taken from a newspaper article that I found. I use it to underscore the virulent attack on Wallis Simpson's character by the British press.

I believe there are varied reasons why a woman would enter into such a relationship.Ours is not to judge. What I admire most about these six woman was their ability to survive and maintain their independence in a male dominated society by using their wits,wiles and charm. Besides the word "mistress" another comes to mind..."Feminist".

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 23, 2011:

I admire the guts and courage of these mistresses, though not all of their deeds. The difference between a mistress and a prostitute is a mistress truly loves the man involved while the prostitute only loves what he gives to her. That is why most mistresses die penniless, but so do prostitutes and many-many married women. I would say love is the keyword – a woman gives herself to a man driven by her need to be loved, and if she truly loves him she will try to convince him to stay on the level where he is and where he enjoys the love and respect of others – the level may be that of a husband/father or a king (to be). The decision to leave this level is always taken by the man, unless the mistress hold a gun to his head.

Mmmm, going to bed with a drunken sailor – geegawds, was that a compliment or an insult?

Thumbs up for this excellent hub about famous mistresses.

PS: I think to call a woman a slut is killing her soul on impact. I have no-no-no respect for a person – man or woman – who use this word/weapon to utter his/her unperceptive and self-aggrandised and self-apotheosised thoughts.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 16, 2011:

Truckstop Sally ~ Thank you for stopping by and commenting.Despite the complications involved,there will always be men attracted to the lure of seductive women like moths to the candle :)

Truckstop Sally on March 15, 2011:

What a facintating read about such powerful women! Seduction, mistress . . . what complex loves and relationships.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 09, 2011:

AlmostLola ~Your welcome and thanks for the read.Have a beautiful day :)

AlmostLola on March 09, 2011:

Extremely interesting. Thanks for sharing.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 08, 2011:

schoolgirlforreal ~ Hello and thank you for stopping by and commenting.The word "mistress","courtesan"or"concubine" has a bad connotation as it is often associated with women of ill-repute.Like your comment that we choose to be who we wish to be.These "mistresses" choose the life they led.But history cannot be denied that they made history with their lives. :)

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 08, 2011:

graceomaley ~I think a story about Venice during the Renaissance would not be complete without mentioning the courtesan and their influence on Venetian society.It would make for an interesting Hub.I thought the Laurel Ulrich quote appropriate for the mistresses in this article because like the notable women in her book with the same title,they too affected and shaped history with their lives.

Rosemary Amrhein on March 07, 2011:

Hi Silent Reed,

This hub was enthralling beginning to end and educational. I did look up several words too, which I now know the meaning of. Sex is always an interesting subject. I don't condone concubine but it's interesting that it helped women advance, I think many would do it if necessary in that case. But I think women of virtue can also be very exciting in bed which is the best of the two...Knowing how to please is very important in men and women and you can still be faithful as ever.

The Chinese woman dictator sounded very cruel.

I do like the combination of history, photos, and poetry. I believe it makes it all the more interesting.

One cannot deny history and what made it. One cannot deny life and the facts of life. We choose to be who we wish.

graceomalley on March 07, 2011:

Like the Louise Ulrich quote, she is a favorite author. One thing i would like to know more about is the courteseans of Venice. Maybe i will research & write about that. I really liked the pictures, and thought your poems added alot to the hub.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 07, 2011:

Literary Geisha ~ Thank you for the read and comment.One thing I've learn researching this hub is never underestimate the power of a woman.They definitely are not the "weaker sex" :)

Literary Geisha from Philippines on March 07, 2011:

very entertaining hub, a lot to learn about the opposite sex. :)

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 06, 2011:

Alastar Packer ~ I should have place the " " mark on the American slut as I was quoting from a newspaper article(I have made the necessary correction, thank you :) The 6 women in this article have their faults as well as their strength. I tried to maintain a balance position neither condoning nor condemning when I made this hub.I leave that to the readers.The poems are mines,I hope you like them :)

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 06, 2011:

Very nicely done, and the poems are yours? Learned something new about two of your subjects. If one looks in the face of Edward you should be able to tell he probably was a decent human and possibly wanted out of the royals.. was no saint but to call her an"American Slut" tends too shut off the other facets of the woman.They were obviously in love. Thanks for a good hub.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 05, 2011:

always exploring ~ Thank you for the read and appreciation.I put in the poems as an afterthought.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 05, 2011:

This was very interesting and your poetry is beautiful. Thank you.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 05, 2011:

pearlmach ~ Thank you Meg for your comments especially about my poetry.;) Wu Zetian's achievement would have wowed anybody.Unfortunately for those who underestimated her,they ended up on the executioner's chopping block :)Have a beautiful and sunny day.

Pearlmacb from Switzerland on March 05, 2011:

Im not too sure actually why I began to read this hub- BUT IM GLAD I DID:-))))) thankyou & I loved your poems as well. What a women Wu Zetian must have been- wow she has left me in awe and will further read about her. thankyou again.


SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2011:

Twilight Lawns ~ Eva Peron may have done a lot for the working poor partly because she came from the poor. Political expediency should also be considered. The "shirtless" made up the greatest portion of the Peronista's support. From a term of derision by the Argentina elite. The Perons cleverly turn the word "descamisados into an expression of pride.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on March 04, 2011:

'Evita Peron, Saint or Sinner' is one of the several books i have read about Eva Peron.

It really is not worth the paper it was printed on. I have been obsessed by Eva Peron, believe it or not since I saw newsreels of her when I was a child in India at the age of nine. She may not have been perfect, but I imagine she did more for the descamisados than any of the oligarchs did for anyone.

I think she was amazing... for her time.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2011:

drbj ~ I was hesitant about including the poems. Thank you. I'm glad you like them.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2011:

Nell Rose ~ Hi, thanks for the comment. Some would say she acted more like a man But the lady Wu achieve her goals by being a woman.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2011:

Twilight Lawns ~ Was she a saint or a sinner? I think she did what any woman in her situation would have done.But then again.... she was not just any woman. She was "Evita"

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2011:

WillStarr ~ Thank you for the read. Glad you liked it.

SilentReed (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2011:

Ashantina ~ Behind their physical beauty is a mind that fascinates me.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 04, 2011:

These famous mistresses would love your tributes, SilentReed. With your poetic words, fulsome prose and handsome photos, you made them famous all over again.

Nell Rose from England on March 04, 2011:

Hi, this was amazing! all this history I never knew about, and what a woman that Lady Wu was! thank you for such a great and informative hub, loved it! cheers nell

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on March 04, 2011:

A wonderful hub. You touched, more than fleetingly, on Santa Evita: María Eva Duarte de Perón. I also would love to make a visit to the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.

I have marked it Beautiful for its content and the lovely poetry.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 04, 2011:

Fascinating Hub!

Up and awesome.

Ashantina on March 04, 2011:

These women fascinate me. There's a book 'The art of seduction' by Robert Greene which further explores the minds of these women.

Interesting hub!

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