The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton

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Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, and then the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne.

After years of simmering jealousy, George Norton accused Caroline and the Prime Minister of a ‘criminal conversation’ (adultery) resulting in a trial referred to as ‘the scandal of the century’.

Cut off and bankrupted by George Norton, she went on to become one of the most important figures in changing the law for wives and mothers.

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The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, and then the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. Full description

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"The liberating life story of the first feminist legislator" ( Kathy Lette)

"Diane Atkinson has written the definitive account of one of the most important trials of the nineteenth century - that of Caroline Norton's fight to keep her children. The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton is an important and necessary book. It also happens to be beautifully written and extremely entertaining. Diane Atkinson has resurrected a nineteenth century heroine in the twentieth-first century." ( Amanda Foreman)

"Caroline Norton took her fight to see her children to the highest court in the land and changed the lot of mothers for ever. Diane Atkinson tells her story with a clarity and wit that makes it a pleasure to read." ( Joan Bakewell)

"Expertly researched and finely written... Mrs Norton’s journey from abused wife to passionate reformer is as moving as it is fascinating, and Atkinson’s richly detailed work does her subject the justice she deserves." ( BBC History Magazine)

"Diane Atkinson’s captivating fifth book...pacy book that’s as bright and fascinating as its heroine." ( Independent on Sunday)

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Book Description Cornerstone, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, and then the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. After years of simmering jealousy, George Norton accused Caroline and the Prime Minister of a criminal conversation (adultery) resulting in a trial referred to as the scandal of the century . Cut off and bankrupted by George Norton, she went on to become one of the most important figures in changing the law for wives and mothers. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099556480

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Book Description Arrow. 1 Paperback(s), 2012. soft. Book Condition: New. Married at 19 to bullying Tory lawyer George Norton, Caroline Sheridan had become a respected poet and a celebrated society beauty when she separated from her husband. He then accused her of adultery—"criminal conversation," in Victorian London—with his political enemy Lord Melbourne, the Prime Minister, and the scandal nearly ended Melbourne's government (and inspired Charles Dickens, who witnessed it, to fictionalize the trial in The Pickwick Papers). Even though the charges were thrown out, Norton was legally able to seize Caroline's possessions and hide her three sons from her. Here the author of Suffragettes in Pictures and Elsie and Mairi Go to War shows how this burning injustice spurred Caroline to campaign influentially for the Custody of Infants Act (1839) and the Matrimonial Causes Act (1857)."Expertly researched and finely written. Mrs Norton's journey from abused wife to passionate reformer is as moving as it is fascinating, and [Diane] Atkinson's richly detailed work does her subject the justice she deserves."—BBC History Magazine 486. Bookseller Inventory # 51082

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Book Description Cornerstone, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, and then the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. After years of simmering jealousy, George Norton accused Caroline and the Prime Minister of a criminal conversation (adultery) resulting in a trial referred to as the scandal of the century . Cut off and bankrupted by George Norton, she went on to become one of the most important figures in changing the law for wives and mothers. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099556480

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Book Description Arrow. Book Condition: New. Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, and then the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. Num Pages: 496 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JH; HBJD1; HBLL; HBTB; JFSJ1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 199 x 130 x 33. Weight in Grams: 392. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099556480

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Book Description Cornerstone. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton, Diane Atkinson, Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, and then the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. After years of simmering jealousy, George Norton accused Caroline and the Prime Minister of a 'criminal conversation' (adultery) resulting in a trial referred to as 'the scandal of the century'. Cut off and bankrupted by George Norton, she went on to become one of the most important figures in changing the law for wives and mothers. Bookseller Inventory # B9780099556480

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