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We have sponsored a free annual lecture since To reserve your free place, please book on Eventbrite click here. It was an informal gathering of women who were ostracised by polite society because they had been caught out. In other words they had all committed adultery and suffered public humiliation. The group was headed by Caroline, Countess of Harrington, a woman of great notoriety on account of her insatiable appetite and sexual proclivities.
Members would meet for a drink and a gossip at a high-end London brothel run by Sarah Prendergast. One was The Honourable Catherine Newton. She had figured in a particularly infamous divorce case — a case where the lurid details of her repeated infidelities left little to the imagination. She was 16 at the time of her marriage to the 58 year-old John Newton, and the trial records show a history of her cavorting nearly-naked with a succession of stable lads, house servants and so on.
Servants being servants, there were many willing to testify to the occasions when hands were seen placed on naked thighs, or that inappropriate assistance had been given when Catherine was being helped to mount her horse. Another club member was Penelope Viscountess Ligonier.
Like many women born into aristocracy, Penelope was still a teenager when she got married. Lord Edward Ligonier was the lucky guy. At 26 he was ten years older than his bride, and in celebration of the marriage, Lord Ligonier asked the artist Thomas Gainsborough to paint their portraits.
The fact that he chose to have his portrait taken alongside his favourite horse shows his priorities! Edward was an army-man through and through, and whereas he probably knew quite a lot about horses and how to look after them, that was more than could be said about the way he treated his young wife. Still, the couple put up the charade of the typical married aristocrats.
They entertained many of their foreign friends at their home, Cobham Park. One of their visitors was Count Vittorio Alfieri, an Italian dramatist.
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When the cuckolded husband found out about the adultery he challenged the Italian count to a duel, which took place in Green Park in London in May Edward, who was a soldier, managed to wound Alfieri but not kill him. She may have hoped that the Italian would stand by her and offer marriage, but as he knew full well that she had been sharing her affections with several of the household servants, he declined.
There is even a story that at one particular masquerade where everyone wore disguises she inadvertently ended up making love to her former husband. What scandalised society was that when Penelope wrote about the affair with her Italian lover she made it clear that she did not regret it for a second, and that everything was a price worth paying for escaping from a loveless marriage.