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The criminal conversation of Mrs. Norton : Victorian England's "scandal of the century" and the fallen socialite who changed women's lives forever

Author: Diane Atkinson
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The biography of Caroline Sheridan Norton who was accused by her husband of "criminal conversation" (adultery) in Victorian England. After a not-guilty verdict humiliated her husband, Caroline was cut off, leaving her destitute and forbidden from seeing her sons. For the next thirty years Caroline campaigned for women and battled male-dominated Victorian society, helping to write the Infant Custody Act (1839), and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Caroline Sheridan Norton; Caroline Sheridan Norton; Caroline Sheridan Norton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Atkinson
ISBN: 9781613748800 1613748809
OCLC Number: 829738855
Notes: "Copyright © 2013, 2012 by Diane Atkinson. First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Preface Publishing"--Title page verso.
Description: 486 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: the trial of the nineteenth century --
Caroline Sheridan and George Norton --
Wedding bells --
The Honourable Mr and Mrs Norton --
1836: "Norty Mrs Norton" --
A large black slug in a damp wood --
The Infant Custody Act --
Wrangling, dangling and death --
A storm of expostulation (1843-51) --
"The clouded moon of the sun" (1851-9) --
Life after George (1860-77).
Responsibility: Diane Atkinson.

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The biography of Caroline Sheridan Norton who was accused by her husband of "criminal conversation" (adultery) in Victorian England. After a not-guilty verdict humiliated her husband, Caroline was cut off, leaving her destitute and forbidden from seeing her sons. For the next thirty years Caroline campaigned for women and battled male-dominated Victorian society, helping to write the Infant Custody Act (1839), and influenced the Matrimonial Causes (Divorce) Act (1857) and the Married Women's Property Act (1870), which gave women a separate legal identity for the first time.

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