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How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match

Wendy Moore talks about her new book on the sensational story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore.

. Tricked into a second marriage by an Irish fortune-hunter, Bowes was kept a virtual prisoner in her own home, with her meals, her dress, and even her conversation strictly controlled by her husband. After eight years’ ordeal, she finally managed to escape and win a divorce, not only freeing herself from her abusive marriage but also reclaiming her fortune and even regaining custody of her children. The tale, with revelations about secret abortions, affairs, a clandestine birth, and even a kidnap in broad daylight, scandalized eighteenth century Britain, and also provides a fascinating example of the role of the popular press, reflecting Benjamin Franklin’s background.


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Date and Time:

20 April 2009 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
0207 839 2006

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