Wedlock : How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match

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WEDLOCK is the remarkable story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary Eleanor Bowes was one of Britain's richest young heiresses. She married the Count of Strathmore who died young, and pregnant with her lover's child, Mary became engaged to George Gray. Then in swooped Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary was bowled over and married him within the week. But nothing was as it seemed. Stoney was broke, and his pursuit of the wealthy Countess a calculated ploy. Once married to Mary, he embarked on years of ill treatment, seizing her lands, beating her, terrorising servants, introducing prostitutes to the family home, kidnapping his own sister. But finally after many years, a servant helped Mary to escape. She began a high-profile divorce case that was the scandal of the day and was successful. But then Andrew kidnapped her and undertook a week-long rampage of terror and cruelty until the law finally caught up with more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 34mm | 340.19g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753826798
  • 9780753826799
  • 518,689

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Moore, mistress of suspense, writes in the gripping language of a thriller...This book has it all - the blackest of villains, the strongest friendship, kidnap, abortions, riches and all completely true. OBSERVER Moore fashions a gripping narrative SUNDAY TIMES Wendy Moore tells her tale with gusto SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Beginning with a bloody duel and the deathbed marriage of one of the combatants, this torrent of a biography sweeps the reader along... Mary's prolonged, audacious struggle to extricate herself from this marriage is a natch for Hollywood. INDEPENDENT gripping and meticulous DAILY TELEGRAPH rip-roaring SUNDAY BUSINESS POST Moore paints a fresh, vivid picture of the age GOOD BOOK GUIDEshow more

About Wendy Moore

Wendy Moore is a writer and journalist. She has written for THE TIMES and the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and won several awards. Her first book, THE KNIFE MAN, was published to great critical acclaim. She lives in South London with her husband and two more

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