Season One: Brits Gone Wild
Episode 1: Lady Seymour Worsley and the Divorce that Rocked England
Join Caroline and Tim as they explore the life of Lady Seymour Worsley, a late eighteenth century heiress who decided that love was more important than social standing.
Episode 2: Lady Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire: England’s First Celebrity
In this episode, Caroline and Tim discuss Lady Georgiana (it’s Geor-jay-na!) and her rise to the top of late 18th century English society. Despite being young, beautiful, and exceedingly wealthy, she was trapped in a loveless marriage that resulted in a scandalous arrangement with her best friend, Lady Bess Foster.
SOURCES: the definitive biography Lady Georgiana is Amanda Foreman’s Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire.
Episode 3: Lady Caroline Lamb and the Mad, Bad Lord Byron
Lady Caroline Lamb was the niece of the Duchess of Devonshire. She married into the prominent Lamb family, but became disenchanted with marriage and society in early 19th century England. What resulted set London ablaze.
SOURCES: Professor Paul Douglass manages an excellent website on Lady Caroline’s life to includes crucial information and critique. Check out CARO for more information about this remarkable woman.
Born the heir to the English throne in 1841, Albert Edward, known as Bertie by his familiars, was raised in an idyllic home with his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Or was he? Subjected to heavy criticism by his parents, Bertie was considered “slow” in comparison to his siblings, which arrived approximately every two years. In the first of two episodes, Caroline and her special guest Adrienne explore Bertie’s upbringing and how it affected his scandalous love life.
SOURCES: There are myriad biographies on Edward VII, but for our episodes, we consulted Jane Ridley’s Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince.
Episode 6: Lady Colin Campbell’s Scandalous Life
Born Gertrude Blood, Lady Colin Campbell married one of the many younger sons of the Duke of Argyll…only to discover that he had infected her with a venereal disease. Instead of suffering in silence, Gertrude took her husband to court, suing him first for a judicial separation and then a divorce. This scandal shocked English society and should have obliterated Gertrude’s reputation for life. But she refused to spend the rest of her life in obscurity.
SOURCES: This article and Love well the Hour; The Life of Lady Colin Campbell, 1857-1911 by Anne Jordan.
Episode 7: Princess Louise, the Scandalous Royal
Born the sixth child of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert, Princess Louise was a rebel from birth. An accomplished artist, she was the first princess in over 300 years to marry a non-royal. But the records concerning her life have been kept from the public consumption. We discuss some of the scandals she may have been involved in, including an illegitimate love child and a hot affair with a fellow artist.
Episode 8: Those Scandalous Mountbattens
Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife Edwina led a charmed life in 20th century England. Louis or Dickie, as he was called by his familiars, was the great-grandson of Queen Victoria and cousin to the ruling monarch, George V. Edwina was pretty and extremely wealthy. Their marriage, originally a love match, would turn out to be a bit too bourgeois for Edwina, and the result was a scandalous arrangement whispered about for decades.
The Mountbattens have been the subject of a recent film entitled The Viceroy’s House though it does play down Edwina’s many scandalous affairs. Both Dickie and Edwina also appear in Season Two of the Netflix series The Crown.
Edward VIII, known as David to his friends and family, was always ill-at-ease with being king. Very intelligent but not particularly driven, David was more interested in pursuing women., which was all well and good until he fell for a divorced American socialite named Wallis Simpson. Over two episodes, we expose the real story behind the David’s eventual abdication and what happened to the Windsors following their exile from England. There will be Nazis.
SOURCES: We used a variety of articles for these episodes: The Telegraph, NY Post, History Extra, and The Daily Mail (UK). Some biographies worth reading include That Woman by Anna Sebba, The Duchess of Windsor: A Secret Life by Charles Higham, and King Edward VIII: the Definitive Portrait of the Duke of Windsor by Philip Ziegler. You can also access the entirety of David’s abdication speech on YouTube.