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The bigamy trial that scandalised Georgian England

Catherine Ostler shares the story of Elizabeth Chudleigh, a glamorous aristocrat whose high-profile bigamy trial fascinated 18th-century society

Published: April 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm
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Historian and author Catherine Ostler relates the tale of Elizabeth Chudleigh, a glamorous Duchess-Countess whose high-profile bigamy trial fascinated Georgian society. She also charts how Chudleigh managed to reinvent herself after this very public downfall.


Catherine Ostler is the author of The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalised A Nation (Simon & Schuster, 2021)

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Elinor Evans is digital editor of HistoryExtra.com. She commissions and writes history articles for the website, and regularly interviews historians for the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast


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