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Catherine became his ideal woman

The forgotten wife of Charles Dickens

cheap canada goose uk It was a marriage that would be both very happy and desperately sad. Over the next 15 years, Catherine would go through 10 full term pregnancies and at least two miscarriages. And they went from a well matched couple in love, enjoying parties and holidays together, to a couple unable to live in the same house. But as the wife of such a famous figure, all of that has canada goose outlet toronto factory been eclipsed. cheap canada goose uk

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View image of Detail from Daniel Maclise’s 1847 painting of Catherine (Credit: Credit: Charles Dickens Museum)

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These rumours still occasionally persist, even in the 21st Century. Seldom is Charles Dickens permitted canada goose outlet new york city to be a real man with very real flaws.

Catherine reputation, therefore, has accordingly been slotted into whichever official canada goose outlet opinion fits: she was either a persecuted martyr or an exhausting drain on the will of a great man. I am astounded by how many times journalists have asked me do you side with Charles Dickens, as you related to him? Each time, I have had to point out that, actually, I related to Catherine too and that, where the producing of heirs was concerned, she did most of the work!

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canada goose coats While writing my biography of their artist daughter Katey, I came to believe that the couple marriage ended for understandable reasons: it was put under unexpected, intolerable pressure by the rapidity of Charles Dickens ascent to previously unthought of levels of celebrity. canada goose coats

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At the start of their marriage, Catherine was her husband social and financial superior, but within a very short time, Charles had gone from a journalist working for Catherine father to a man so famous that his works were read by Queen Victoria. Within a couple canada goose outlet store uk of years of their marriage, Charles views even had begun to affect the political views of their country.

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As https://www.canadagoosepark.com the wife of such canada goose jacket outlet a star, Catherine began to be overlooked. Meanwhile, while she was as happy canada goose outlet online as canada goose outlet uk sale her husband at first, her multiple pregnancies canada goose outlet shop from which she barely got the chance canada goose outlet reviews to recover before getting pregnant again began to take their toll on her health, energy and their marriage.

Now, for more than a century, Catherine has been marginalised and goose outlet canada misremembered as a dull, frumpy wife. canada goose outlet uk Even the sole Dickens biopic ever to have been made by the film industry focused not on Catherine, but on Ellen Ternan, Dickens mistress (a relationship that was ultimately the reason he separated from Catherine).

cheap Canada Goose But the real story of Catherine is that of a fun loving young woman who, as the wife of an international celebrity, travelled widely and had the opportunity to see and experience things that most women of her era and social status did not. She and Charles were very keen amateur actors, for example. Catherine not only performed canada goose outlet canada in shows at home, but on stage in both the United States and Canada. cheap Canada Goose

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buy canada goose jacket cheap canada goose jackets cheap Another of Catherine achievements? Publishing a book. When I researched it, I was infuriated to discover how many people even respected academics have claimed that it was written by Charles. buy canada goose jacket cheap

This view is intensely patronising, implying as it does that Catherine couldn possibly have had the intelligence to write a book.

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Catherine book is entitled What Shall We Have for Dinner? A guide for young wives more than a recipe book, it advises on household tasks and producing menus for up to 18 people. In essence, Catherine was the first Mrs Beeton a decade and a half before the actual Mrs Beeton published her now iconic cookbook.

Canada Goose sale Now, visitors to the Charles Dickens Museum have the chance to discover all of this and the vibrant, witty and interesting woman who was other Dickens Other Dickens is open until 20 November 2016. Canada Goose sale

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