Marriage À la Mode

  • Matthew J. Kinservik
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


At the end of Elizabeth and Augustus Hervey’s brief honeymoon in Lainston, they parted company reluctantly. During the bigamy trial three decades later, Ann Cradock testified that she had the sad duty of waking the pair at five o’clock a few days after the wedding: “Entering the chamber, I found them both fast asleep; they were very sorry to take leave.”1 As Hervey left that morning, he sent Ann back inside to give Elizabeth “all the comfort I could which I accordingly did and found her in a flood of tears.”


Sexual Double Standard Prize Money Opera Singer Reputable Witness Court Life 
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Chapter 3

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