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My name is Eleanor by Val Scully

Imagine being the only child of a wealthy Newcastle coal czar who brings you up to expect the independent life you would have had if you had been a boy. His death makes you the richest heiress in England living in Gibside Hall when you are barely out of childhood. Suddenly, you are prey to the conventional expectations of Georgian Britain. Married to an earl on your eighteenth birthday, your wealth and properties become his, as do you: married women have no existence in law. When he dies, leaving you with five children, you regain your wealth and liberty and start to pursue the life your father promised you. But your independence is widely resented in a misogynistic society: it is only a matter of time before you are brought to heel. In a world where a man's right to physically chastise his wife is enshrined in law, where even the wife of a king can be locked up in an asylum, how will you survive? Mary Eleanor Bowes was the great-great-great-great grandmother of the Queen. The whiff of scandal still swirls around her name, but to accept her notoriety is to allow her persecutors to succeed in ruining her reputation. Based closely on the recorded facts, this novel vividly recreates the story of the Courageous Countess.

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ISBN: 9781326488925

Product Code: BKMNIE

Author: Val Scully

Format: Paperback

314 pages

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Price: £ 8.99