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Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore

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Based on probably the most scandalous divorce case of the late 18th century, Wedlock definitely makes for compelling and engrossing reading. William Thackeray was so fascinated by the proceedings that he based his novel Barry Lyndon on it. If you're looking for a well-researched and dramatic history book about spousal abuse, this is the book for you.
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With the death of her fabulously wealthy coal magnate father when she was just eleven, Mary Eleanor Bowes became the richest heiress in Britain. An ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II, Mary grew to be a highly educated young woman, winning acclaim as a playwright and botanist. Courted by a bevy of eager suitors, at eighteen she married the handsome but aloof ninth Earl of Strathmore in a celebrated, if ultimately troubled, match that forged the Bowes Lyon name. Yet she stumbled headlong into scandal when, following her husbands early death, a charming young army hero flattered his way into the merry widows bed.

Captain Andrew Robinson Stoney insisted on defending her honor in a duel, and Mary was convinced she had found true love. Judged by doctors to have been mortally wounded in the melee, Stoney persuaded Mary to grant his dying wish; four days later they were married.

Sadly, the “captain” was not what he seemed. Staging a sudden and remarkable recovery, Stoney was revealed as a debt-ridden lieutenant, a fraudster, and a bully. Immediately taking control of Marys vast fortune, he squandered her wealth and embarked on a campaign of appalling violence and cruelty against his new bride. Finally, fearing for her life, Mary masterminded an audacious escape and challenged social conventions of the day by launching a suit for divorce. The English public was horrified–and enthralled. But Marys troubles were far from over . . .

Novelist William Makepeace Thackeray was inspired by Stoneys villainy to write The Luck of Barry Lyndon, which Stanley Kubrick turned into an Oscar-winning film. Based on exhaustive archival research, Wedlock is a thrilling and cinematic true story, ripped from the headlines of eighteenth-century England.

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"How did a wealthy, self-absorbed adulteress who despised her eldest son and aborted three pregnancies by a man she didn't love, transform into a devoted mother and pioneer of women's liberty? British author Moore (The Knife Man) examines this remarkable conversion in Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749 — 1800), England's richest heiress, whose impulsive marriage to a violent Irish fortune seeker revolutionized divorce in Georgian England. A published poet-playwright and accomplished botanist, Mary expected to live an indulgent life. Yet she was lured into marriage to army captain Andrew Robinson Stoney, who proved to be a rapist, liar, kidnapper and philanderer who half-starved and beat Mary into submission. Stoney's own best friend called him 'inhuman and savage, without a countervailing quality.' Moore offers a well-informed if dispiriting glimpse into 18th-century marriage and the patriarchal legal and church systems as experienced by Mary — still her husband's property and financially supported by her devoted servants — as she fought to regain her fortune, her children and, especially, her status as a person." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Wendy Moore opens this spectacular book with a spectacular scene: a duel inside the Adelphi Tavern in London in January 1777 between Henry Bate and Andrew Robinson Stoney. Bate had circulated scurrilous rumors about Mary Eleanor Bowes, "the recently widowed Countess of Strathmore," and Stoney had taken it upon himself to defend her honor. Two loud shots were heard, then the clash of swords. Men who... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

"Wedlock" tells the dramatic true story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore, whose abuse at the hands of her second husband shocked 18-century Britons and revolutionized divorce laws.

About the Author

WENDY MOORE is the author of The Knife Man. A journalist and writer specializing in health and medicine, she lives in London with her husband and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307383365
Author:
Moore, Wendy
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Scandals.
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Linguists - Great Britain
Subject:
Dramatists
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
386
Dimensions:
9.48x6.36x1.35 in. 1.50 lbs.

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Based on probably the most scandalous divorce case of the late 18th century, Wedlock definitely makes for compelling and engrossing reading. William Thackeray was so fascinated by the proceedings that he based his novel Barry Lyndon on it. If you're looking for a well-researched and dramatic history book about spousal abuse, this is the book for you.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "How did a wealthy, self-absorbed adulteress who despised her eldest son and aborted three pregnancies by a man she didn't love, transform into a devoted mother and pioneer of women's liberty? British author Moore (The Knife Man) examines this remarkable conversion in Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749 — 1800), England's richest heiress, whose impulsive marriage to a violent Irish fortune seeker revolutionized divorce in Georgian England. A published poet-playwright and accomplished botanist, Mary expected to live an indulgent life. Yet she was lured into marriage to army captain Andrew Robinson Stoney, who proved to be a rapist, liar, kidnapper and philanderer who half-starved and beat Mary into submission. Stoney's own best friend called him 'inhuman and savage, without a countervailing quality.' Moore offers a well-informed if dispiriting glimpse into 18th-century marriage and the patriarchal legal and church systems as experienced by Mary — still her husband's property and financially supported by her devoted servants — as she fought to regain her fortune, her children and, especially, her status as a person." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Wedlock" tells the dramatic true story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore, whose abuse at the hands of her second husband shocked 18-century Britons and revolutionized divorce laws.
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