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Humpday History Highlight

Victorian Court Circa 1900I’m going to change it up during this week’s Highlight, and focus upon the Victorian Era.

More specifically, the divorce proceedings of Isabella Robinson, and her unique (at least for that time) excuse for her alleged infidelity.

Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mrs Robinson.

A Victorian wife explained away her adultery with a young man by claiming she had simply suffered ‘sexual hallucinations’, newly released archives reveal.

Isabella Robinson’s diary account of a lustful and torrid affair was discovered by her husband Henry – and used against her in one of Britain’s biggest ever divorce court scandals in the 19th century.

Her defense was to claim that the diary, which she started keeping in 1849, was a fiction and her lawyer explained that she suffered from erotomania and that a uterine condition had driven her mad with lust. In doing so, she cleared the reputation of the man she loved, 27-year-old Edward Lane, and saved his marriage and his medical business.

Now, I don’t have a uterus – at least I don’t think I do – but I’ve been driven mad with lust once or twice in my life. I wonder if the cure is covered under ObamaCare?