The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian

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The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian

The Disastrous Mrs Weldon The Life Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian Born to fanatically snobbish Victorian parents Georgina Weldon grew up to wreak havoc on almost everyone she met She was supposed to marry well and restore the family fortune but soon proved to have

  • Title: The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian
  • Author: Brian Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780767906357
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born to fanatically snobbish Victorian parents, Georgina Weldon grew up to wreak havoc on almost everyone she met She was supposed to marry well and restore the family fortune, but soon proved to have other ideas Her scandalous affair with a married man and her defiant marriage to the less than prosperous young hussar officer Harry Weldon were just the first signs that sBorn to fanatically snobbish Victorian parents, Georgina Weldon grew up to wreak havoc on almost everyone she met She was supposed to marry well and restore the family fortune, but soon proved to have other ideas Her scandalous affair with a married man and her defiant marriage to the less than prosperous young hussar officer Harry Weldon were just the first signs that she was no ordinary girl In a plot that could have been constructed by Dickens himself, Georgina acquired a string of lovers, was stung by con artists, betrayed by her parents, and narrowly escaped being committed to a mental institution She rose to the challenge and became one of the first Victorian women to represent herself in court and later helped to overturn England s infamous Lunacy Laws Like the best Victorian novels, The Disastrous Mrs Weldon marries the adventures of an intrepid protagonist with delightfully revealing glimpses of Victorian society A tale of sex and scandal, bravado and bravery, Mrs Weldon s life is wild, wicked, and totally irresistible.

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    One thought on “The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian

    1. Stela on said:

      After 100 pages or so, I don't feel like reading this book anymore. It's a pity, really, the subject was generous but the author is so biased in his opinions of Georgina Weldon, so misplacedly ironic that, instead of hating the heroine, I've grown to dislike his style and point of view. I've got nothing against unreliable narrators, au contraire, I like them better than reliable ones, but in works of fiction. A biographer who doesn't keep his distance is a poor one. In my humble opinion, obvious [...]

    2. Rebecca on said:

      Most biographies tend to focus of people who were successful. That this one focuses on one who was a walking disaster does make it stand out.Mrs. Weldon was nuts, but not in the way she was accused of being. Narcissistic and somewhat delusional, she still didn't necessarily deserve to be institutionalized in the way that Britain dealt with the insane in Victorian times. So her rather remarkable escape from the doctors coming for her and then use of the legal system to turn the tables on her pers [...]

    3. Julie on said:

      While reading this, I came across a facebook post asking what title you were reading and how you would describe that book in three words. It amused me to instantly have these three words come to mind. Victorian female Trump.

    4. Alex on said:

      If this book were truly as "irresistible" as it proclaims itself on the back panel, then it wouldn't have taken me so long to finish it, I am sure. The story of Mrs. Georgina Weldon is an interesting one, but it too much resembles one long, drawn-out soap opera which makes for a very dull read. Perhaps if it actually had been a made for TV series, it would have been far more entertaining. As a non-fiction, it never captured my interest - not even as an historian of Victorian England - and I only [...]

    5. Ape on said:

      Well monkey lovers, there's not a lot about monkeys in this book. Yes, she did own a monkey in later life, and yes, every chapter in this book has a monkey dangling from the first letter. But that's it as far as monkeys go - we don't get any tales of what the monkey got up to. In fact we get to hear a lot more about her little pug dogs.This is a dense, detailed, perhaps occasionally a little dry biography of Georgina Weldon, a woman I had never heard of but apparently was quite well known in her [...]

    6. Brett on said:

      It's books like this that make me stare at people with awe when they admit to finding history dull. It's honestly hard to imagine a woman like Georgina Weldon existing outside of a novel, preferably by Dickens at his sensationalist best, & yet she was very real - & quite infamous in her lifetime, if almost completely forgotten by history. It's a development that would truly cause her intense dismay, but this book, & its fond & ultimately sympathetic handling of her tempestuous li [...]

    7. Andrea Blythe on said:

      Georgina Weldon lead quite the life. She flung away a wealthy suitor, eloped with a poor soldier, sought a career in singing, ran an orphanage and a school for music/choir, kept lovers (including a woman), brought well over 100 lawsuits to courte (many of which she presented herself), and brought about reform of asylum/insanity laws and marriage laws. Of course, it all sounds romantic and idealistic when you put it like that, but Brian Thompson also makes clear than any benefits she gave to soci [...]

    8. Clarissa on said:

      Mrs. Sheldon was by all accounts a force to be reckoned with. This account of her life is based almost exclusively on her own writings, and those of an adoring nephew. The author found it necessary to point out the shortcomings in her self-awareness enough times to be intrusive to the story. It was difficult to get a real sense for how she fit into the bigger picture of her class and society in general since the sources are one-sided. Also, there are quite a few references to British law that fu [...]

    9. Donna on said:

      Maybe I've been reading too much mindless crap recently but this DID NOT hold my interest in the least. I didn't make it to page 81. MIND NUMBING!!!The writing seemed superfluous. It reminded of my paper writing days when I didn't have enough info to meet the minimum required word count. 'Nuf said.P.S. I tried to foist this off on my mom b/c she is a)very appreciative of biographies, b)a MUCH more sophisticated reader & c)dialed into a broader vocabulary than me. (She does freakin' crossword [...]

    10. Fraser Sherman on said:

      Georgina Weldon was a flamboyant British woman with a thirst for the spotlight (she aspired to professional singing) and a fondness for suing lots and lots of people. Despite a colorful life, she's not quite interesting enough to recommend this—or maybe it's that Thompson (as some of the other reviews note) can't seem to stop telling us what to think about Georgina rather than simply showing her in action. His writing style just didn't work for me.

    11. Nicole G. on said:

      Georgiana Weldon is a name that most people have never heard of, but she was a fascinating woman. A rather crazy Victorian, living in a house full of animals and orphans, intrigue, scandal, music and law history - this lady's life had it all.

    12. Patequack on said:

      This was pretty good, not great. I couldn't really relate all that well to the protagonist. But I know of other very intelligent, sane friends who loved it.

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