Mistress of Mistresses

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Mistress of Mistresses
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Dust-jacket for Mistress of Mistresses
Author E.R. Eddison
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Zimiamvian Trilogy
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 463 pp
Followed by A Fish Dinner in Memison

Mistress of Mistresses is the first novel in the Zimiamvian Trilogy by Eric Rücker Eddison. First published in 1935, it centers on political intrigues between the nobles and rulers of the Three Kingdoms of Rerek, Meszria and Fingiswold, following the death of King Mezentius, an extraordinary ruler who has held sway over three kingdoms mainly through force of character. Dissolution of the realm seems certain as alliances are formed and begin to intrigue against each other. The character of Lessingham is an unknown quantity, with a strong character of his own, but the reader is kept uncertain over what impact Lessingham can have over the future of the realm until the novel's close.

First of the Zimiamvian Trilogy to be published, Mistress of Mistresses is chronologically the last novel in the series.


  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 107.