The Siren’s Voice

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


After the death of her baby, Elizabeth was a changed person. For the past three and a half years, she had lived at court, concealing a secret marriage, removed herself from court to have a secret baby, and twice refused the chance to become a duchess, for secret reasons. She was certainly a sadder person as 1748 began, but she was not in any position to let that show. Her only option was to keep her marriage a secret until Hervey’s return from the Mediterranean, whenever that might be, and then see what they could do about it. At this point neither of them seemed ardently committed to the match, but the marriage had not yet broken down altogether. Within the year, it would.


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Chapter 4

  1. 4.
    For a full discussion of the many ways in which couples tried to resolve marital difficulties, including informal separations of this sort, see Joanne Bailey, Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660–1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), chap. 3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    For a full discussion of masquerade costumes, see Aileen Ribeiro, The Dress Worn at Masquerades in England, 1730–1790, and its Relation to Fancy Dress Portraiture (New York: Garland, 1994).Google Scholar
  3. 13.
    Quoted in Claire Gervat, Elizabeth: The Scandalous Life of the Duchess of Kingston (London: Century, 2003), 55.Google Scholar
  4. 14.
    Lady Jane Coke, Letters from Lady Jane Coke to Her Friend Mrs. Eyre at Derby 1747–1758, ed. Mrs. Ambrose Rathbone (London, 1899).Google Scholar
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    Thomas Whitehead, Original Anecdotes of the Late Duke of Kingston (Bath, 1792).Google Scholar
  6. 17.
    M. R. J. Holmes, Augustus Hervey: A Naval Casanova (Edinburgh: Pentland Press, 1996), 91.Google Scholar

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