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Forbidden Wife: The Life and Trials of Lady Augusta Murray

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Julia Abel Smith

Friday 7th October 12:20 - 13:20 | Performance Marquee

On the night of 4 April 1793, two lovers were preparing to compel a cleric to perform a secret ceremony in Rome. The wedding of the sixth son of King George III to the daughter of the Earl of Dunmore would not only be concealed – it would also be illegal.

Lady Augusta Murray had known Prince Augustus Frederick for only three months but they had fallen deeply in love and were desperate to be married. However, the Royal Marriage Act forbade such a union without the King’s permission and Augusta’s life was changed forever. From 18th century It girl she became a 19th century outcast; her children were declared illegitimate and her family was scorned.

In Forbidden Wife Julia Abel Smith uses material from the Royal Archives and the Dunmore family papers to create a dramatic biography set in the reigns of King George III and IV against the background of the American and French Revolution.

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