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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 Very informative about Victorian law and women Full of incident What a life Caroline Norton read Really pleased to have read it. Good Interesting read Shows how out of a miserable marriage something good came out of it as Mrs Norton was accused of an affair with Lord Melbourne so her husband precided to divorce her and she stood to lose everything including her children to her husband so she challenged the law And because of this challenge even though it didn t benefit her we have the Infant custody act, matrimonial causes act and married women s property act. Fascinating, ghastly, and illuminating I began this book with a sense of outrage at the powerlessness of a mother and wife in the 19th century I reached its end with adiffuse sense of outrage and pity Caroline Norton suffered horribly at the hands of her husband, but she believed she had a right to betray him and lie to him and everyone else in the pursuit of an appearance of correctness The hypocrisy of a society that outwardly worshipped a particular kind of feminine virtue and simul Fascinating, ghastly, and illuminating I began this book with a sense of outrage at the powerlessness of a mother and wife in the 19th century I reached its end with adiffuse sense of outrage and pity Caroline Norton suffered horribly at the hands of her husband, but she believed she had a right to betray him and lie to him and everyone else in the pursuit of an appearance of correctness The hypocrisy of a society that outwardly worshipped a particular kind of feminine virtue and simultaneously permitted rape, adultery, the beating and whipping of children, the carousing of men, and the financial ruin of women and children who were discarded is the greater,terrifying revelation Excellent, well researched biography of the life of Caroline Norton The author clearly knows her field, and does not fall into the trap of failing to understand the parlous state of the divorce laws in England prior to the enactment of the Divorce Act of 1858 Atkinson also understands that while Caroline was, in her words, an accidental feminist , this by no means lessens her achievements I think it is fair to say that she would not have undertaken the campaigns that she did in the absence Excellent, well researched biography of the life of Caroline Norton The author clearly knows her field, and does not fall into the trap of failing to understand the parlous state of the divorce laws in England prior to the enactment of the Divorce Act of 1858 Atkinson also understands that while Caroline was, in her words, an accidental feminist , this by no means lessens her achievements I think it is fair to say that she would not have undertaken the campaigns that she did in the absence of her own personal suffering, but what brought her to the cause, in my own view, matters less than what she achieved for the cause Remembering that women could not fight for equality until they were recognised as separate legal entities from their husbands, what Caroline achievedthan qualifies her to serve as the spirit of justice A useful addition for anyone interested in the proto feminist movement of the nineteenth century, and a fascinating insight into the life of a remarkable woman An excellent piece of history Telling of Caroline Sheirdan grand daughter of playwright and politican Richard Brinsley Sheirdan She married George Norton,but their marriage was doomed from the start as they were complete opposites She was intelligent, witty and flirty, while he was dour boring and a bully When he discovered an affair between his wife and prime minister lord Melbourne he and his family sued for adultery hoping a guilty verdict would ruin his career and bring down the governme An excellent piece of history Telling of Caroline Sheirdan grand daughter of playwright and politican Richard Brinsley Sheirdan She married George Norton,but their marriage was doomed from the start as they were complete opposites She was intelligent, witty and flirty, while he was dour boring and a bully When he discovered an affair between his wife and prime minister lord Melbourne he and his family sued for adultery hoping a guilty verdict would ruin his career and bring down the government Even after he was aquitted Caroline faced struggles to see her children and found herself barred from the society she loved so much So she set about trying to change the law to give women some rights in a male dominated society Terrific read Caroline Norton is the epitome of all that was outrageously wrong with the law when it came to women, property and marriage Her husband was a violent, sadistic man who regularly beat her, who was avidly jealous of her and her famous Sheridan family He was also, it seems to me, in a perverted way, very much in love with her Caroline may or may not have been unfaithful to him George was definitely unfaithful to Caroline She left him several times after a violent attack, but then returned Caroline Norton is the epitome of all that was outrageously wrong with the law when it came to women, property and marriage Her husband was a violent, sadistic man who regularly beat her, who was avidly jealous of her and her famous Sheridan family He was also, it seems to me, in a perverted way, very much in love with her Caroline may or may not have been unfaithful to him George was definitely unfaithful to Caroline She left him several times after a violent attack, but then returned thus, according to the law, condoning his violence and making it impossible for her to sue him for cruelty She tried to leave with her children three boys, at the time all under 10 and George took her children from her Thus began the long, painful, horrific battle to get them back which resulted too late for Caroline in the Infant s Custody Act Later, Caroline s campaigning was influential in the Matrimonial Causes Act, and to a lesser degree the first of the Married Women s Property Act Caroline was an incredibly strong woman with a cause She was a beauty, a wit, she supported herself with her pen, and she had a host of friends and admirers She was when permitted to be a devoted mother I am filled with admiration for her and yet I found myself despite very much wanting to unable to warm to her Primarily, I think, I believed, as the author does, that she did have an affair with Lord Melbourne Now, I get completely that she couldn t ever admit to this because it would endanger her custody battle because the good old patriarchal law thought adultery in a wife a heinous crime, while it turned a blind eye to adultery in a husband So am I wrong to find her denial I m not sure what the word is not hypocritical but something like She painted herself in such a perfect light, it just got under my skin Similarly, in many of her letters there was a decidedly self pitying tone Again, with great justification, she was treated abominably by her husband and her family but she seemed so ungrateful for all the other help she got esleswhere, nothing was ever good enough for her Was this a result of her singular beauty There s a bit of me that thinks so, though another bit of me that thinks that s wrong of me to judge her But there you go, I judged her I simply didn t like Caroline I thought she was an amazing woman, but she s not one I d lik to have coffee with That aside, this is an excellent book if you re interested in the injustices of the law, which is one of my favourite topics A case study that takes your breath away, and makes you wonder at all the many other women similarly suffering in silence This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The historical context and the story are totally compelling It illustrates in graphic detail early Victorian womens total lack of right to govern their own affairs, enjoy the fruits of their own labours or enjoy the company of their own children Caroline Norton was fortunate to be part of society, intelligent and articulate and have the intellectual ability to wage the battle However, it was all consuming it inevitably foreshortened her life and had long lasting consequences for the lives o The historical context and the story are totally compelling It illustrates in graphic detail early Victorian womens total lack of right to govern their own affairs, enjoy the fruits of their own labours or enjoy the company of their own children Caroline Norton was fortunate to be part of society, intelligent and articulate and have the intellectual ability to wage the battle However, it was all consuming it inevitably foreshortened her life and had long lasting consequences for the lives of her children, who also all died prematurely At the end of the day this is a story about the misery of victorian properness and the cost of respectability, as governed by the society of men.On the whole the book is well written However, in a few places the chronology lost me little trips backwards to prior incidents left me re reading passages to check I d understood the sequence of events Perhaps it was just me Separately I felt that the author was too ready to interpret Mrs Norton s correspondence with Lord Melborne in a way that it did not fully support Where Diane Atkinson cites excerpts and frequency of correspondence as evidence of passion I see evidence of a seriously depressed woman, living with an overbearing, violent and intellectually inferior husband Similarly, whilst Mrs Norton didn t always act to smooth over situations with her husband throwing his hubba pipe out a coach window had a predictably violent effect on this particular man it also seems that she was determined to behave properly She had many admirers and flirtations set against the dark backdrop of her marriage but she also knew about the bounds of propriety She also set herself up in earnest to support her family and her husband with a degree of proper loyalty and commitment that underline her properness.George Norton comes across particularly badly Not only does use his wife s connections to gain respectable employment it turns out he had little if any income of his own and had misrepresented his position to her mother , he s thenthan happy to live off her earnings He was weak and easily influenced by other vindicitive people to the extent that he would do their bidding against her The account also gives the lie to the accepted notion that domestic violence in Victorian times took place behind closed doors Anyone who knew the couple would have been in no doubt about the violent undertones of Norton s behaviour towards his wife It suits us today to pretend that domestic violenece in the upperclass took place invisibly, but the reality was that alongside other mistreatment, violence towards women was accepted and condoned by others in society One of the great sins of victorian society was the conspirace of silence and tacit acceptance of events that could only ever have been repugnant.This is a book worth reading on very many levels as testament to an exceptional women in adversity and or as a social history account of the ills of Victorian society A fascinating insight into the life of a woman who was very much at the mercy of her domineering and manipulative husband Poor Mrs Norton nee Sheridan had a pretty grim existence thanks to women not being recognised in law She was a pioneer in trying to get small changes made specifically in regard to women having custody of children It was a really thought provoking book that demonstrates how much things have changed Highly recommended if you enjoy reading about social history. 3 It s sobering to think that even as late as the 1830s any children born in a marriage were entirely the father s If the marriage broke up, whatever the circumstances, a mother could not make a claim for custody as a wife had no separate legal existence.This book is the story of Caroline Norton, the breakdown of her marriage and her subsequent fight to get the law changed when her husband refused to let her see her three young sons.Caroline was a young, clever, flirtatious and beautiful woman 3 It s sobering to think that even as late as the 1830s any children born in a marriage were entirely the father s If the marriage broke up, whatever the circumstances, a mother could not make a claim for custody as a wife had no separate legal existence.This book is the story of Caroline Norton, the breakdown of her marriage and her subsequent fight to get the law changed when her husband refused to let her see her three young sons.Caroline was a young, clever, flirtatious and beautiful woman when she married The marriage was initially reasonably happy but her husband soon proved himself to be a drunken, boorish individual who thought nothing of giving Caroline a good beating to try and bring her into line He hit her so hard when she was 8 months pregnant with her 4th child that she miscarried When she eventually left him for the final time, being no longer able to cope with his violence, he refused to let her see her boys and constantly used them as a bargaining tool when it came to the financial details of their separation.Despite Norton s vile behaviour and wife beating tendencies, the law was always on his side.Well written and very interesting Westminster, London, June , Crowds Are Gathering At The Court Of Common Pleas On Trial Is Caroline Sheridan Norton, A Beautiful And Clever Young Woman Who Had Been Maneuvered Into Marrying The Honorable George Norton When She Was Just Nineteen Ten Years Older, He Is A Dull, Violent, And Controlling Lawyer, But Caroline Is Determined Not To Be A Traditional Wife By Her Early Twenties, Caroline Has Become A Respected Poet And Songwriter, Clever Mimic, And Outrageous Flirt Her Beauty And Wit Attract Many Male Admirers, Including The Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne After Years Of Simmering Jealousy, George Norton Accuses Caroline And The Prime Minister Of Criminal Conversation Adultery Precipitating Victorian England S Scandal Of The Century In Westminster Hall That Day Is A Young Charles Dickens, Who Would, Just A Few Months Later, Fictionalize Events As Bardell V Pickwick In The Pickwick Papers After A Trial Lasting Twelve Hours, The Jury S Not Guilty Verdict Is Immediate, Unanimous, And Sensational George Is A Laughingstock Angry And Humiliated He Cuts Caroline Off, As Was His Right Under The Law, Refuses To Let Her See Their Three Sons, Seizes Her Manuscripts And Letters, Her Clothes And Jewels, And Leaves Her Destitute Knowing She Can Not Change Her Brutish Husband S Mind, Caroline Resolves To Change The Law Steeped In Archival Research That Draws On Than , Of Caroline S Personal Letters, The Criminal Conversation Of Mrs Norton Is The Extraordinary Story Of One Woman S Fight For The Rights Of Women Everywhere For The Next Thirty Years Caroline Campaigned For Women And Battled Male Dominated Victorian Society, Helping To Write The Infant Custody Act , And Influenced The Matrimonial Causes Divorce Act And The Married Women S Property Act , Which Gave Women A Separate Legal Identity For The First Time


About the Author: Diane Atkinson

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