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Evelyn Waugh and Vatican Divorce

  • Donat Gallagher

Abstract

Over the last two years several friends rung to tell me that Evelyn Waugh’s first wife had been on television and revealed that the Vatican’s annulment of the Waugh marriage was a sham. Waugh had persuaded her to testify to the Roman Catholic marriage court, falsely, that before marrying they had decided they would ‘never have children’ — and it was this untruth that won the case.

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Marriage Ceremony Mutual Consent Definitive Arrangement Legal Marriage Civil Marriage 
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Notes

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    An excerpt from Mrs Nightingale’s letter to Stannard appears in Martin Stannard, Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years 1903–1939 (London: Dent, 1986) pp. 352–3.Google Scholar
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    The following account is based on Degna Marconi, My Father, Marconi (London: Frederick Muller, 1962), pp. 149–63 (marriage), pp. 242–63 (annulment), pp. 269ff (use of correspondence against Marconi).Google Scholar
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