Socialite, spy, saviour: Grace Dalrymple Elliott

As part of our occasional series profiling remarkable yet unheralded characters from history, Hallie Rubenhold introduces Grace Dalrymple Elliott, who made a career as the mistress of earls and dukes – but showed a steely side during the bloodiest days of the French Revolution

A painting depicting the storming of the Tuileries. (Photo By DEA/G DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

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