Marblehead's Pygmalion: Finding the Real Agnes Surriage

Marblehead's Pygmalion: Finding the Real Agnes Surriage

by F. Marshall Bauer


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Agnes Surriage, it turns out, was more Pygmalion than Cinderella. Her role models were the fiercely independent codfish widows, "? wives of the early Marblehead fishermen who managed home and family seven months a year without their husbands. In Agnes's version of My Fair Lady, she had to act as her own Henry Higgins while making the often painful transformation from "girl of all works"? at the Fountain Inn to the charming and dignified Lady Agnes, wife of Sir Charles Henry Frankland. After deconstructing the legend for twenty-five years, author F. Marshall Bauer has unearthed a story of money, lust and vindication."

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ISBN-13: 9781609490683
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Frederic Marshall Bauer began his creative career as an advertising copywriter in the early 1970s. After a decade and a half performing functions ranging from television producer to creative director, he became a freelance audiovisual screenwriter and creative consultant. From 1977 to 1998, he wrote and produced over two hundred videos and computer-based programs for marketing and training. He was the coauthor, with Dr. Albert Forgione, of Fearless Flying: The Complete Program for Relaxed Air Travel, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1981. An avid eighteenth-century history student and reenactor, he was the drummer for Glover's Marblehead Regiment from 1975 to 1996 and today represents Regimental Surgeon Nathaniel Bond. His home is situated on the site of the Old Fountain Inn, where Charles Henry Frankland discovered Agnes Surriage.

Table of Contents

Foreword Pam Peterson 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction: The Other Woman 11

Prologue: November 1, 1755 15

Where I Started: The Accepted Legend 17

Part I Money

1 Ed Surriage's Daughter 23

2 Oliver Cromwell's Great-Great-Grandson 29

3 Marblehead, 1732 34

4 Bengal, 1720 37

5 Cast Adrift 40

6 A Snow Named Hawke 43

7 The Fort 48

8 "Th' Fuhtn" 52

Part II Lust

9 Smuggling, Bribery and Puberty 57

10 Fair Game 60

11 Accidental Pawn? 64

12 Henry Cromwell 66

13 The World Turned Upside Down 72

14 A Desperate Uncle Thomas 78

15 Agnes off the Radar Screen 80

16 A Little Bit of Old England 84

Part III Vindication

17 A Lawsuit...and a Marriage 91

18 Why Lisbon? 97

19 November 1, 1755 99

20 Fallout 103

21 Life after Near Death 107

22 "...the Horrid Execution of the Marchioness Tavora" 110

23 Bath and Beyond 115

24 "The Tories Lead a Devil of a Life" 120

25 Dame Agnes Frankland of Chichester 124

The Real Agnes Surriage 127

Epilogue: Henry Cromwell 129

Notes 131

Bibliography 139

About the Author 143

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