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Vengeful Susan

Writing about divorce by Eamon Duffy, Jenny Diski, Linda Colley, Rosemary Hill and Mary-Kay Wilmers.

Catherine of Aragon

Eamon Duffy, 28 July 2011

Catherine of Aragon was Henry VIII’s first and longest-lasting queen, at the heart of his glittering court for almost two decades. In the early years of their marriage, the Spanish...

Princess Diana

Jenny Diski, 2 August 2007

I had​ supper with a friend on 31 August 1997. He arrived looking wonderstruck. ‘Are we just going to have dinner?’ he said.

‘Why, you think we should sit shiva?’

...

Vengeful Susan

Linda Colley, 22 September 1994

In 1990, Lawrence Stone published a book called Road to Divorce. Bold, original, pungent and wide-ranging, it was at one level an attempt to convey the vagaries and varieties of matrimony in...

Edward and Mrs Simpson

Rosemary Hill, 29 July 2015

The ‘abdication crisis’, as it became known, is now almost out of living memory.

Divorce me

Mary-Kay Wilmers, 17 December 1981

Twelve years ago​ Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy got divorced after ten years of marriage. In the unhappiness that followed he thought about himself and about society: would it break down too? In...

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