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Criminal Conversation of Mrs. Norton : Victorian England's "Scandal of the Century" and the Fallen
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A heroine of the women’s rights movement is rescued from obscurity in this biography of Caroline Norton, a respected poet, songwriter, and socialite whose 1836 adultery trial rocked Victorian England. George Norton accused his wife of having an affair with the British prime minister, sparking “the scandal of the century.” Though she was declared innocent, the humiliated George locked Caroline out of their home, seized her manuscripts, letters, clothes, jewels, and every penny of her earnings, and refused to let her see their three sons. This account of the “criminal conversation” trial sheds light on the desperate position of women in Victorian society and chronicles Caroline’s lifelong campaign to establish legal rights for married and divorced women, in effect establishing them for the first time as full-fledged human beings before the law.