Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Strange Marriage of Mary Benson

Mary Benson, the mother of one of my favorite historical novelists Robert Hugh Benson, had an irregular private life in spite of being the wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury. According to an article in the Mail Online:
Together she and the Archbishop had raised six children — among them poet Arthur Benson, who wrote the words to Land of Hope and Glory, and E. F. Benson, whose Mapp and Lucia books still enjoy a cult following today. Outwardly they seemed the most respectable of families and yet, as the fascinating new biography by Rodney Bolt reveals, she spent much of her married life conducting affairs with other women.
(Read entire article.)

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