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R liked her for her good nature and willingness to amuse and be amused The case is an interesting lens through which to view all sorts of social and cultural matters Gervat could have done much to xamine the implications of Elizabeth s story her strictly personal biographical approach is readable and interesting but I did wish for analysis and a broader understanding of her life A minor point but I "absolutely hated the cover it makes the book look like a trashy bodice ripper or soft focus romance The woman "hated the cover it makes the book look like a trashy bodice ripper or soft focus romance The woman isn t Dirty Work even Elizabeth I guess thexisting images of her weren t titillating nough for the marketing department Elizabeth Chudleigh a young maid of honour to the Princess of Wales George III s mother had a summer romance with a young naval officer on shore leave She married him in secret He went back to his ship and she to the Princess s court Neither could afford to disclose the marriage She needed her salary and she could not remain a maid at court once she married So to the world she was still Miss Elizabeth Chudleigh When the couple met again 2 years later the ardour had cooled Marry in haste Repent at leisureShe had a few risue moments at court Apparently she wore a rather scanty costume to a masuerade ball and old King George II liked very much what he saw So did the wealthy Duke of Kingston who was 40 to her 17 She became his mistress and much later his wife The other peeresses were not pleased and they ostracized her It was a loving marriage but short He diedNow the Duke had a sister and the sister s sons brought suit that Elizabeth was not ntitled to the The Mount Shasta Mission estate the Duke left her and he left her a lot because she was not really the Duchess of Kingston She was a bigamist She said No I m not That marriage was invalid under church law because we were underage Herstranged husband was now an Little Darlings earl and he wanted to marry but was he single or was he married Did he need to file for divorce from Elizabeth or had their marriage been annulled years ago He had thought it had been And if Elizabeth was convicted by the Lords for bigamy she could die for it The Lords did not want toxecute her but how could they GET AROUND ITSOME PARTS OF THE around itSome parts of the are flat Some parts are interesting not so much because of her trial but because of the times she lived in court life country house life being a duchess and because Elizabeth as a dowager duchess or a countess travelled the Continent befriending Catherine the Great of Russia and an archduchess living in Bohemia This lady lived an interesting life I registered a book at BookCrossingco. Lty But her strength of character Greenwich ensured thatven when her friends deserted her her courage and zest for life did not In an ngaging history of this strong and wilful woman Gervat shows there was far to Elizabeth than the caricature villain her contemporaries made her out to. When I read The Empress Of Pleasure The Life And Adventures Of Teresa Cornelys ueen Of Masuerades And Casanova s Lover I discovered that one of the lady sponsors of Teresa Cornelys ntertainment club was a maid of honour to Augusta dowager Princess of Wales who was really not a maid and many of her contemporaries said she was scarcely honourable but a secretly married woman This book is about her Elizabeth Chudleigh who secretly married the underage Augustus Hervey later the Earl of Bristol and separated from him just as secretly to become the mistress later wife of the Duke of KingstonElizabeth had
"Several Problems About These Marriages1 "problems about these marriages1 midnight marriage to Hervey was clandestine It wasn t written into the parish register until just before the minister who conducted the service died That was when it was likely that her husband would soon be the Earl of Bristol Elizabeth remained Miss Chudleigh in order to keep her place and her salary as a maid of honour She needed the money2 Elizabeth and Augustus soon tired of ach other and separated They had a daughter who died soon after birth Augustus Hervey s sickly brother remain healthy nough to remain the Earl of Bristol for years The fact that they had had a child made their marriage valid Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, even though Hervey was underage when they married3 Elizabeth and the very rich Duke of Kingston fell in love and after 20 years wanted to get married but neither Elizabeth nor Hervey could afford a divorce Elizabeth was told of a legal fudge all but one witness to her marriage to Hervey were dead Only the minister s widow knew about the addition of the marriage to the register which wasn tven the official register just a blank book the lawyer insisted be used No one really knew about the dead infant And Hervey had not yet been 21 at the time So the True ecclesiastical authorities ruled on whatvidence was not presented that there had been no legal marriage Elizabeth married the Duke of Kingston4 Five years later the Duke died leaving all to his wife His sister naturally did not like that so she and her sons brought suit that the will was invalid because Elizabeth was a bigamist "Hervey was now the Earl of Bristol and he did not "was now the Earl of Bristol and he did not Elizabeth as his wife The witness to their marriage and the minister s widow threaten to reveal all The society gossips who didn t like Elizabeth s moral character were A Fairly Honourable Defeat eager to see her de duchessed and imprisoned for bigamy What s a gentlewoman to do When I started this book I was fairly familiar with the basics of Elizabeth Chudleigh s life Maid of Honour to Augusta Prin. Elizabeth Chudleigh was one of theighteenth century's most colourful characters Born into impoverished gentility her beauty wit and vitality soon arned her a place at the centre of court life When she married the Duke of Kingston in 1769 she had reached the highest rung of Cess of Wales mother
"Of George III Married To "George III married to Hervey later Earl of Bristol mistress and later wife to Evelyn Pierrepont Duke of Kingston tried for and convicted of bigamy claimed peer s privilege and thus was not punished died in xileThere s a lot to it than that I was fascinated to find that the famous bigamy trial would never have happened were it not that the Duke of Kingston left pretty much all he died possessed of to his beloved wife and all he died possessed of was a fairly massive fortune which pissed off his Slavery Reborn estranged nephew who d been living on thexpectation for years and was now screwed Said nephew promptly challenged the will and decided that his challenge would "HAVE A BETTER CHANCE IF IT "a better chance if it proved that Elizabeth was a bigamistIt seems only fair that when she finally died her affairs were in such a tangle partly due to the nephew s frantic attempts to get the Duke s money that a large portion of what he finally inherited was debts and hassleThis was another good readable book about a Georgian woman who broke her society s rules and failed to die in disgrace and penury Good for her Elizabeth Chudleigh was well born beautiful and lively but her family lacked the money and property she needed to make her way successfully in the world of aristocratic You Can Make Anything Sad eighteenth century England She did manage through connections to be appointed Maid Of Honour to Augusta Princess of Wales The money that position brought her was her only real income so when she impulsively decided to marry Augustus Herveyven better born but just as propertyless the marriage had to be kept secret The relationship very uickly went sour and the couple separated Their marriage was rather an open secret but not officially recognised Years later an aging society beauty and hostess mistress to the very wealthy Duke of Kingston she married the Duke for whom she seems to have had real love Trouble was her first husband was still alive Before they married she and the duke got a judgement from the Life Leverage ecclesiastical court that thearlier marriage was not valid so she was free to marry After the duke s death his disinherited relatives decided to kick up a fuss about the marriage in hopes of invalidating the will Thus arose one of the great scandals of later Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? eighteenth century England when Elizabeth putative Duchess of Kingston was put on trial for bigamy She liked good clothesxpensive decor rich food and richer jewellery and was given to acting on impulse and motion than on logic or good sense those who knew of her gossiped and disapproved but those who knew he. He social ladder But Elizabeth was carrying a dark secret In 1744 she had secretly married a naval lieutenant called Augustus Hervey and after the Duke's death her first marriage was discovered Bigamy fever swept London society and in a very public trial Elizabeth was found gui. .