Book Review ‘Wedlock, How Georgian Britain’s worse husband met his match’ by Wendy Moore
Just finished reading ‘Wedlock‘ by Wendy Moore. The rest of the title says it all really: ‘How Georgian Britain’s worse husband met his match’. The lady in question was Mary Eleanor Bowes, daughter of a very wealthy coal magnate who died when she was only 11. Intelligent, confident, wealthy and quite nice looking, the young Mary Eleanor soon fell into a unhappy marriage with her first husband Lord Strathmore which lasted 8 years until he died. Exceedingly wealthy in her own right, she was once more beseiged by fortune hunting suiters. But it was Irish soldier Andrew Robinson Stoney that charmed her whilst fighting a duel with her regular suiter Grey. On Stoney’s deathbed, she promises to marry him. However he wasn’t in fact on his ‘last legs’ as she thought and soon made a miraculous recovery! Too late, she had married him. No sooner was the wedding over when her new husband showed his true colours.
Then the payback! But you will have to read the book to find out how Mary Eleanor escaped this monster. Her character is flawed of course, her weaknesses if they be weaknesses was to be too trusting and too impetuous. Her main weakness though, I feel, is that she is a very poor judge of character, where men are concerned. But she turns out to be a heroinne in the end, and also the Great great ancestor of Elizabeth Bowes Lyons (The Queen Mother). A true story with extensive research, which pays off! Yes, I enjoyed this, though it was only when I got to the middle before the pace really started to hot up. The pace then turned into a exhillarating gallop – very exciting!
Note: This post has been transferred from my art blog Echostains. I shall be transferring my book, DVD and film reviews to this space.