Sex scandal of English aristocracy laid bare

How did a British heiress , worth stg£52,000 in the late 18th century (the equivalent of $66 million today), spend more than 20 years in ‘‘want and frustration’’?

3rd January, 2009

Lady Worsley’s Whim: An 18th-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce By Hallie Rubenhold Chatto & Windus, €33.75

How did a British heiress , worth stg£52,000 in the late 18th century (the equivalent of $66 million today), spend more than 20 years in ‘‘want and frustration’’? The heiress in question was Seymour Dorothy Fleming, later Lady Worsley, whose marital and extra-marital affairs were exposed in lurid detail during one of the first celebrity...

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