Jean Godwin Carroll's Reviews > Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore

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Aug 13, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: Fans of Phillipa Gregory
Read in June, 2009

Excellent book set in the 1770's in England. A reminder that women previously had zero rights afforded to them by law during that time. Mary Eleanor Bowes was a wealthy woman who was swindled into marrying a lowly military officer, Richard Stoney. Once married, everything she owned became his to do with as he pleased. Over the course of eight years, he squandered all of her money on gambling, prostitutes; kept her as a prisoner, and beat her savagely on a regular basis. This was actually allowed - the law said that a man could use "correction" to keep his wife in line as long as he didn't beat her with a stick wider than his thumb (hence the saying "Rule of Thumb"). However, against all odds, she managed to escape and filed for divorce which was an immensely difficult thing to prove.

Highly recommended - easy to read and suspenseful. If you like Phillipa Gregory's The Other Boylen Girl and The Virgin Queen, you will like this book.
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message 3: by Tara (new)

Tara Chevrestt Is it historical fiction or biography then?


Jean Godwin Carroll Tara wrote: "Is it historical fiction or biography then? "
It's not fiction - it's a true story. Although it reads like historical fiction.




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Tara Chevrestt Thank you. :)


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