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The True Story of a Victorian Scandal

In 1852, on a steamer from France to England, nineteen-year-old Theresa Longworth met William Charles Yelverton. The flirtation that began on board soon blossomed into a clandestine affair, and five years after their first meeting they married secretly in Edinburgh. Then, that same summer, they married again in Dublin - or did they?

Soon separated by circumstance, Theresa and Charles would never live together as man and wife. And when Yelverton married another woman, Theresa found herself forced to prove the validity of her marriage. Multiple trials ensued and for months their scandal captivated society. Having lost all hope of the private married life she sought, Theresa made a name for herself as a writer, blazing a trail for independent women and their rights - and the changes in attitude the twentieth century would later bring.

In this brilliant debut, Chloe Schama unearths both a forgotten tabloid spectacle full of steamy intrigue and the chronicle of how one unmarried woman made a life in a society that made no allowance for her.

Paperback - 249 pages

Published 2010

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