The Lady in Red

The Lady in Red

An Eighteenth-century Tale of Sex, Scandal, and Divorce

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the high-society breakup of Lord and Lady Worsley, describing their scandalous sexual affairs, the Criminal Conversation trial through which Sir Richard Worsley attempted to sue his wife's lover, and the unexpected verdict that marked history's first celebrity divorce.

McMillan Palgrave

She was a spirited young heiress. He was a handsome baronet with a promising career in government. The marriage of Lady Seymour Dorothy Fleming and Sir Richard Worsley had the makings of a fairy tale—but ended as one of the most scandalous and highly publicized divorces in history.

In February 1782, England opened its newspapers to read the details of a criminal conversation trial in which the handsome baronet Sir Richard Worsley attempted to sue his wife’s lover for an astronomical sum in damages. In the course of the proceedings, the Worsleys’ scandalous sexual arrangements, voyeuristic tendencies, and bed-hopping antics were laid bare. The trial and its verdict stunned society, but not as much as the unrepentant behavior of Lady Worsley.

Sir Joshua Reynolds captured the brazen character of his subject when he created his celebrated portrait of Lady Worsley in a fashionable red riding habit, but it was her shocking affairs that made her divorce so infamous that even George Washington followed it in the press. Impeccably researched and written with great flair, this lively and moving true history presents a rarely seen picture of aristocratic life in the Georgian era.



Baker
& Taylor

Traces the high-society breakup of Lord and Lady Worsley, describing their scandalous sexual affairs, the Criminal Conversation trial through which Sir Richard Worsley attempted to sue his wife's lover, and the unexpected verdict that marked history's first celebrity divorce. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312359942
0312359942
Branch Call Number: 942.2807 WORSL RUBEN
Notes: First published in Great Britain as Lady Worsley's Whim by Chatto & Windus, 2008

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