To the Victorians, Samuel and Florence Baker were national heroes, models of courage and virtue and as explorers they were ranked with Livingstone and Stanly, Burton and Speke. They were lionised for their discoveries of Lake Albert and the Murchison Falls; Samuel was knighted and Florence was celebrated as the first white woman to have made the death-defying journey to the source of the Nile. But the famous pair had much to hide, as well…Florence has in fact been bought by Samuel in a slave auction when he was passing through what is now Bulgaria.  He was then thirty-eight; she was seventeen. They became lovers and were married in secret when they returned to Europe – however, Queen Victoria may have picked up something of the truth; for when Samuel became friendly with the Prince of Wales she did her utmost to break up the friendship and refused to ever receive Lady Baker. Illustrated with black and white photographs.