Bigamy in Birmingham: the tale of Horatio and Mrs Hoskins
At the Loughborough Petty Sessions in April 1846, a Mrs Hoskins charged her husband with having committed bigamy.
This was not unusual; bigamy cases appeared fairly often in court during the 18th and 19th centuries; as David J Cox has stated:
“before men and women could divorce on equal terms and without blame being apportioned, bigamy was seen as one way in which men (or less usually, women) could evade an unhappy and sometimes dangerous marriage and begin afresh.” 
But this case had a couple of differences.
Firstly, the man accused, Horatio Huntley Hoskins, was an attorney from a good background, and also the author of a couple of published works: Count De Denia: Or, The Spaniard’s Ransom (1841) and De Valencourt: A Tragedy in Five Acts (1842, written with his…
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