In 1856, a young socialite falls for a poor shipping clerk. Girl meets boy. Girl meets another man. Boy meets arsenic. Scottish law defined marriage loosely. Intimacy and the promise of matrimony could be enough to prove a legally binding union; and it sometimes made “till death do us part” feel like the only opportunity for escape. This week we bring you an account of Victorian intrigue, taboos, and murder: the story of Madeleine Smith.
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