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Rubenhold's new history is just as linked to passion and vice as was her previous work, The Covent Garden Ladies, though her gaze has now turned from the lower class to the aristocracy. When in 1782 Sir Richard Worsley brought a criminal conversation case against his wife's adulterous lover and sued him for an exorbitant amount in damages to his "property," Lady Worsley chose to ruin both her and her husband's reputations by exposing the scandalous details of her married life and affairs, turning an already shocking trial into one of the first celebrity divorces. Rubenhold does an excellent job of leading readers through the lives and relationships of the main participants and the specifics of the case itself, with ample observations on marriage, divorce, sexual mores, and personal reputation in Georgian England. The delivery of the verdict doesn't signal the end of the matter, however, as she also examines how gossip and journalistic rumor affected opinions after the trial and traces the paths of both husband and wife following their separation. As a historical examination, it is well researched and thoughtful; as a narrative, it is entertainingly told. Highly recommended for all readers.