|I should think
Written by JulieW
(10/22/2003 6:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Elizabeth Shackleton and NA, penned by Kristen G.
the servants ,in particular the personal ones- maids who dressed her hair etc- would have noticed.Those with access to the private rooms- bedrooms- would have seen bloddstained linen?- as would have the laundry staff.
But there is nothing they could have done,is there?
An example quoted by Laurence Stone in his book about divorce and separation "Broken Lives"details the amount and type of serious physical and mental cruelty a woman of the late 17th century would endure before considering any form of separation and teeh social consequences of that act.
Lady Anne Austen( from Kent but no relation I can see) - married Sir Oliver Boteler.It was considerd good match but after 9 years the marriage had disintegrated due to mental and physal violence on the part of Sir Oliver.He also used the very disgraceful and cruel device ofd enourageing their children to abuse poor Lady Ann physically and mentally- often themselves beng under penalty of a whipping if they didnt comply.
This poor lady was advised by her servants never to argue with her husband because of his aptness to fall into a rage.*sigh*
So, if you had nowhere sympathetic ,where you could safely flee and ,importantly, no finacial resourses with which to resort to the law, such as it was ( with all the attendant publicity)-what did you do?You endured like Elizabeth Sshakleton did, I suppose.
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