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In 1852, on a steamer from France to England, nineteen-year-old Theresa Longworth met William Charles Yelverton, a soldier destined to become the Viscount of Avonmore. Their flirtation soon blossomed into a clandestine, epistolary affair, and five years later they married secretly in Edinburgh. Then, that same summer, they married again in Dublin - or did they? Separated by circumstance soon after they were wed, Theresa and Charles would never live together as husband and wife. And when Yelverton married another woman, an abandoned Theresa found herself forced to prove the validity of her marriage. Multiple trials ensued, and the press and the public seized upon the scandal and reported its every detail with relish. "Wild Romance" is the inspiring tale of a woman who never gave up, and who held on to her ideals of independence, dignity and - despite everything - love.
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Wild Romance is at once a biography of an ordinary woman and a history of Victorian-era Britain, while at all times a meticulously researched work of narrative nonfiction. The relevance of the work directly mirrors today's society in which common court cases become news, which in turn become mass entertainment Shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Award 2010

About the Author

Chloe Schama has written for the New Republic, New York Sun and the Guardian. She lives in Washington, D.C. This is her first book.

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'Schama's meticulously researched debut resurrects a forgotten tabloid scandal of the 1850s' Financial Times 'Intriguing ... enthralling' Literary Review 'The true story of a tough but delusional Victorian romantic and a heartless cad' The Times 'Chloe Schama will delight her readers. She writes with confidence and passion, yet with a sensitivity for her subject which is wonderfully appealing. I finished the book with regret, wanting more and impatient for a sequel' Amanda Foreman

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