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Viewing Entry - The dead Duke, his secret wife and the missing corpse (S14933)
by Eatwell, Piu Marie.

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TitleThe dead Duke, his secret wife and the missing corpse : an extraordinary Edwardian case of deception and intrigue
Author / Responsible partyEatwell, Piu Marie.
GenreHistory, Legal stories, Crime stories.
TopicsHistory, Legal stories, Crime stories. Portland, William John Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, Duke of, 1800-1879 -- Death and burial. Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century. False imprisonment -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century. Trials (Fraud) -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


The extraordinary story of the Druce-Portland affair, one of the most notorious, tangled and bizarre legal cases of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his carriage and building tunnels between buildings to avoid being seen. In 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of her late father-in-law, T. C. Druce, under the suspicion that he’d led a double life as the 5th Duke. The eccentric duke, Anna Maria contended, had faked his death as Druce, and her son should inherit the Portland millions. Revealing a dark underbelly of Victorian society, Piu Marie Eatwell evokes an era when the rise of sensationalist media blurred every fact into fiction and when family secrets and fluid identities pushed class anxieties to new heights.

Additional Information

System control numberS14933
Original Print PublisherLondon : Head of Zeus, 2014.
NarratorBarnaby Edwards.
Narrator NameBarnaby Edwards.
Participant or performer noteBarnaby Edwards.
Narrators GenderMale narrator