“Spanking sessions with aristocratic ladies were harmless, not so the whippings administered to orphan girls taken into his household as objects of charity.”
This is a quote from a recent biography of William Lamb (Lord Melbourne) who was British Prime Minister from 1834-1841 and a mentor of Queen Victoria.
A Google search also reveals this on a website devoted to his first wife Lady Caroline Lamb:
“William survived not one but two prosecutions for ‘Criminal Conversation’ (i.e. adultery) with women who found his reserved manner and taste for flagellation difficult to fathom.”
Now one of the most notorious spankers in Victorian England. (and there’s some pretty hot competition for that title) has been brought to the big screen by Paul Bettany in The Young Victoria.
And, according to a review in The Times, “he steals every scene” with his brooding sexual presence, while “the rising star Emily Blunt plays the cloistered young monarch with a schoolgirlish playfulness.”
I haven’t seen the film yet, but this sounds like the perfect recipe for some spanking threats at the very least. Let’s hope script writer Julian Fellows (Gosford Park) was up to the task.
Even if he’s not, Emily Blunt is definitely an actress to watch and is surely due some comeuppance in a movie eventually. I loved this assessment of her talents in another review of the film:
The casting of Emily Blunt as Young Victoria was much anticipated. This is a star who in the past has impressed with her smouldering mischief, knowing smile and old-fashioned sexiness – particularly in her 2004 debut, My Summer of Love, and later in the 2006 high-fashion comedy The Devil Wears Prada. Emily Blunt is a black-belt minx: Keira Knightley isn’t in her league.
To further illustrate this post, I have some stills which Firmhand sent me showing another “black-belt minx”, Lady Amelia Rutherford, being royally dealt with by a very convincing “Lord Melbourne”.
Could almost be an out-take from the film!