TRAMPLED WIFE: The Scandalous Life of Mary Eleanor Bowes


TRAMPLED WIFE: The Scandalous Life of Mary Eleanor Bowes

DEREK PALMER    Book Number: 86422    Product format: Hardback

The Queen's great-great-great-great-grandmother was known as the heiress to 'all the wealth of the north'. This is the full extraordinary story of the love, pathos, greed, kidnapping and adultery that were her life. Mary Eleanor Bowes' first marriage to John Lyon, 9th Earl of Strathmore, was not happy. By the time he died, she had begun an affair with the mysterious George Gray and was pregnant with his child. When she was just about to marry Gray, Mary was seduced by the Irish adventurer Andrew Robinson Stoney but he was furious to discover that her money was protected by a trust. His attempts to break this ranged from beating and kidnapping his wife to forcing her to publish her 'Confessions', an exposé of her past misdemeanours. His trial and the subsequent divorce was the talk of London, commented on by Horace Walpole, caricatured by James Gillray and used by William Thackeray as the basis for his novel 'Barry Lyndon'. This, the first biography for many years to tell the full story, is set against the colourful backdrop of the 18th century and paints a vivid and entertaining picture of both characters and events. 196 pages with b/w plates and Genealogical Table.
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ISBN 9780750939553
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