Lady Worsley's Whim: An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce

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Random House, Mar 1, 2011 - History - 320 pages

Now published with the new title THE SCANDALOUS LADY W

It was the divorce that scandalised Georgian England... She was a spirited
young heiress. He was a handsome baronet with a promising career in government. Their marriage had the makings of a fairy tale but ended as one of the most salacious and highly publicised divorces in history.

For over two hundred years the story of Lady Worsley, her vengeful husband, and her lover, George Maurice Bisset, lay forgotten. Now Hallie Rubenhold, in her impeccably researched book, throws open a window to a rarely seen view of Georgian England, one coloured by passion, adventure and the defiance of social convention. The Worsley's story, their struggles and outrageous lifestyle, promises to shock even the modern reader.

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

A fun romp through 18-century England and a very good history of how the upper class viewed marriage and divorce. The trials of this couple didn't make me very sympathetic to either, but it did ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

In 1775, a shallow young baronet married an eighteen year old lady with far more money than looks or learning. They lived tolerably well together for a few years, until at last Lady Seymour Dorothy ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Hallie Rubenhold is a historian and broadcaster and an authority on womens' lives in the 18th century. She has worked as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery and as a university lecturer. Her first novel, Mistress of My Fate was received with great acclaim and her biography, Lady Worsley's Whim, was made into the hit BBC drama The Scandalous Lady W. She lives in London with her husband. Chat with her on Twitter @HallieRubenhold

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