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The surgeon, the countess, her husband and his lover

the story of one eighteenth-century woman's experience of a brutal marriage, and her fight to regain her liberty.

John Hunter, the pioneering surgeon, and Mary Eleanor Bowes, the eccentric Countess of Strathmore, were fellow science enthusiasts and friends in the electrifying atmosphere of Enlightenment London. But when the countess was tricked into marrying a wily Irish fortune-seeker, Hunter was drawn into a murky world of clandestine births, illegitimate babies and abortions. Discussing her new book, Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match, Wendy Moore reveals the seamier side of 18th-century London.


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Date and Time:

19 March 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Hunterian Museum, London
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
020 7869 6560

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