Abduction, Marriage and Money in Restoration London
Thursday, 19 June 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)
The best route to a quick fortune in the seventeenth century was to marry an heiress ideally with her parents blessing. But if the latter was proving difficult, abduction became a popular alternative amongst London’s wilder set of penniless young men. England’s extraordinarily loose marriage laws of the time meant that, in the words of Daniel Defoe, ‘ a Gentleman might have the satisfaction of hanging a thief that stole an old horse from him, but could have no justice against a rogue for stealing his daughter.’
N.A. Pickford’s new book Lady Bette and the Murder Of Mr Thynn explores the disastrous consequences of these pressures on one young woman’s life.
The talk will be followed by a book signing with Lady Bette and the Murder Of Mr Thynn on sale at a reduced price. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.
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Guildhall Library is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books.
Guildhall Library runs an active and engaging programme of events, ranging from afternoon talks on aspects of London History, guided walks of the Square Mile and book launches to monthly evening wine receptions with current authors. The topic for each evening event is designed to be different from the last so that a range of interests can be explored from historical fact to historical fiction, with classical and real-life stories thrown in.
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