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The Criminal Conversation of Mrs. Norton It s a shame that Caroline Norton is remembered mostly for the relationship with Lord Melbourne that resulted in the criminal conversation trial of the title, because her life and legacy were both so much than that Whilst she was certainly what we would consider an accidental feminist, having no desire for or belief in the equality of women with men, she certainly fought against the injustice of the position of women in society, and several of the first feminist pieces of legislation were passed due in no small part to her pamphleteering and political agitation.Caroline Norton s life was defined by her husband, and it is that and not the crim con trial that was the central feature of her life It makes for hard reading year after year after year Caroline s existence was curtailed and constrained by her husband s spite, cruelty, inconsistency, lack of honour or gentlemanly feeling, and hypocrisy Caroline had literally no legal recourse the law did not even recognise her legal existence outside of that of her husband He could bar her from her home, refuse her a living allowance, deny her access to her children, slander her name, and there was no 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 c Westminster, London, June 22, 1836 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 1,500 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 1839 , And Influenced The Matrimonial Causes Divorce Act 1857 And The Married Women S Property Act 1870 , Which Gave Women A Separate Legal Identity For The First Time. 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 cha 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 i 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 ex Very informative about Victorian law and women Full of incident What a life Caroline Norton read Really pleased to have read it. The prologue begins with a newspaper article from 25 June 1836 detailing the excitement that Caroline s trial is causing She was caught up in the politics of the day, her husband using her to try and oust Lord Melbourne It seems bizarre with our modern day laws, that a husband would sue for damages of almost a million pounds in today s value for the loss of his enjoyment of his wife s body but in 1836, this was a very real law that affected real people s lives In the past, the men would have been able to sort their differences by duelling it makes me think this would probably have been a far better way than everything being made so public but having been outlawed in 1815, this was George s only recourse.In the account of the trial, we learn about the real people involved Charles Dickens was one reporter and the real places they visited for refreshment coffee stalls, pie shops, street vendors We come to understand how important servants were in cases because they knew everything that went on behind closed doors This really brought the past to life for me With my great, great grandfather moving to London in 1832 I have no doubt that with this high profile case, it is highly likely that this trial would ha 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 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 a diffuse 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 co

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