• Sarah Gregor

    Demi-monde refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. The term was commonly used in Europe from the late 18th to the early 20th century, and modern use often refers to that period. Its connotations of pleasure-seeking contrasted with wealth and high-class behavior make it comparable to the later jet set or nomenklatura.

  • Julia Dalton

    Cora Pearl (born Emma Elizabeth Crouch, 1835-1886) was an English courtesan or "demi-mondaine" who lived in France, and was nicknamed "the great horizontal" or "the daily". She was mistress to the highest aristocracy of the Second Empire, including Prince Napoleon and the Duke of Morny. After ruining the young Duval in 1872, she was deported for a while. Neither of their reputations recovered, and she died impoverished and forgotten in 1886.

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