Described in its time as a 'tale of anguish, deceit and violation of the domestic hearth' (The Times), this is the story of the notorious abduction in 1826 of Ellen Turner, a wealthy fifteen-year-old heiress, by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a thirty-year-old British diplomat. The Shrigley Abduction is a compelling narrative, a story of deception and the lure of 'high society', with a strong Byronic character at its heart. Wakefield was sentenced to three years in Newgate, an experience which profoundly affected him. Upon his release he founded the New Zealand Company and became principally responsible for the colonisation of that country, where he is now a prominent figure. Ellen, on the other hand, died in childbirth at the age of nineteen. Audrey Jones and Abby Ashby have researched all the extant records and have recreated the scandal and outrage surrounding this audacious and cruel act for the first time.
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Audrey Jones and Abby Ashby are both teachers with a particular interest in Georgian England.
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Book Description History Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0750932805
Book Description Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0750932805
Book Description Sutton Publishing, Stroud, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Impression. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Both Authors. Bookseller Inventory # 9479