The Disappearance of Maria Glenn: A True Life Regency Mystery

The Disappearance of Maria Glenn: A True Life Regency Mystery

by Naomi Clifford

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The Disappearance of Maria Glenn: A True Life Regency Mystery by Naomi Clifford

Taunton, 1817. What seems a simple newspaper report of “elopement gone wrong” turns out to be a rollercoaster story of crime, coercion, illusory triumph and fraudulent defeat. Barrister George Tuckett wakes to discover that his 16-year-old niece Maria Glenn, reputedly the heiress to West Indian sugar plantations, is missing. He discovers that she has been abducted by the Bowditches, a local farming family, who intend to force her to marry one of their sons. Maria is rescued and Tuckett starts investigating the crime himself, uncovering a complex and disturbing web of lies and impersonation.

At a drama-filled trial that is the talk of the country, four people are sentenced to prison. When a cabal of powerful people in Taunton begin a campaign to destroy Maria's testimony, her supporters fall away and she is openly vilified. Her enemies have her arrested for perjury and, after a ramshackle trial, she is forced to flee into exile. Yet the story of conspiracy and deception does not end there, as Maria and her uncle were to suffer one final and devastating betrayal.

But was Maria telling the truth? Both sides had given utterly different versions of events during the trial – so it was clear that someone had to be lying.

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ISBN-13: 9781473863323
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Naomi Clifford mines old newspapers for glimpses of everyday Georgian life for her blog and has been researching 18th-century elopements and abductions for the past four years. She has also written These Were Our Sons: Stories from Stockwell War Memorial, published under the name Naomi Lourie Klein. She is a former journalist and lives in London.

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Characters ix

Family trees xii

Map of Taunton xiii

Slavery xiv

Preface xv

Part 1 Taunton, 22 September 1817 1

1 In Health 6

2 In Sickness 16

3 Worldly Goods 22

4 Just Impediment 26

5 For Richer, For Poorer 32

6 These Thy Servants 42

7 Just Cause 49

Part 2 Dorchester 57

1 A Monster of Treachery 59

2 Falsehood and Truth 69

3 'A Continuation of the Conspiracy' 80

4 'More Like an Angel' 89

5 Support 100

6 Inside 108

7 Firefighting 117

Part 3 London, 1 October 1820 126

1 Marvellous or Horrible 127

2 Celebrations 135

3 Loyalty and Betrayal 145

4 Endings 153

5 Monsters 161

Maria's affidavit 174

Acknowledgements 191

Bibliography 192

Notes 195

Index 210

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