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Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce… (2009 original; edició 2009)

de Wendy Moore

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'Wedlock' tells the story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney, the origin behind the phrase 'ston(e)y broke'. Stoney married the Countess for her wealth and, once they were married, he subjected her to years of ill treatment.
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Títol:Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
Autors:Wendy Moore
Informació:Crown (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore de Wendy Moore (2009)

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Mary Eleanor Bowes was born in 1749. Her father was extremely wealthy and, unusually for the time, had her well educated. A most eligible young woman, not least because she was the richest heiress in C18th Britain. Her first wedding was nothing unusual for the time. Pretty loveless and to an older man it wasn’t a romantic love match. Her second, to a dashing young soldier, was. Mary Eleanor probably hadn’t intended to marry Andrew Robinson Stoney, but upon hearing that he had fought a duel for her honour and was laying on his deathbed wishing for nothing but her hand in marriage… well, who could resist that romance!

Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2010/03/04/wedlock/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Excellent biography of woman who managed to divorce her violent husband and regain her fortune in late 18th century England. Couldn't put it down. ( )
  nautilus | Sep 20, 2017 |
Picked this book to take on holiday after seeing the review on TV Book Club. Initially I was put off as the cover makes it look like a 'bodice ripper' fiction book (not something i would go anywhere near). However once I started it I was gripped by this amazing TRUE story of an incredible lady who survived a horrendous ordeal at the hands of her husband and went on to fight convention and the law. It has it all villains, unlikely friendships, kidnap, abortion, money, courtroom drama and pioneering legal outcomes. I would recommed it to anyone who is interested in social history although it is written in such a way that anyone would find it entertaining and gripping read. ( )
1 vota WWDG | May 6, 2015 |
This is a horrifying tale set in the late 1700s of a wealthy, intelligent heiress tricked into marriage with one of the worst human beings who ever lived. "Wedlock" is truly the correct title for this book as it envokes the image of being chained, locked, stuck in marriage. Mary Eleanor has a loveless first marriage, but her marriage to Andrew Stoney (he takes her last name as stipulated in her very smart father's will) is truly horrific. Stoney physically and mentally abuses Mary: punching, kicking, burning, starving, isolating, etc. It's truly sickening. And then there's the fact that a woman had no legal protection from this sort of behavior. It was a husband's right to treat his wife as he chose. "Luckily" Stoney's behavior is so egregious that finally, after a decade of abuse, Mary Eleanor finds a friend in some servants who help her escape. Lengthy legal battles over the divorce, Mary's estate, and the children ensue over decades.

This is a fascinating look at the horrific lack of legal rights that women had in the 1700s. It's very well written and in places reads like a novel. It will turn your stomach to read about this woman's life, but I am glad I read this book. Can't say I enjoyed it because of the subject, but it's worth reading. It will make you very grateful to live when and where we do! ( )
2 vota japaul22 | Jul 24, 2014 |
A well put together and interesting read. Combining plenty of historical fact with a great story telling tone Wendy Moore brings the trials of eighteenth century marriage to life. ( )
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'Wedlock' tells the story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney, the origin behind the phrase 'ston(e)y broke'. Stoney married the Countess for her wealth and, once they were married, he subjected her to years of ill treatment.

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