Friday, December 30, 2011

This Day in History December 30, 1816

Do either of these two people look familiar?  They are Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley.  And it was on this date in 1816 that they got married.  And the scandal surrounding them reads like something from today's headlines.

Percy himself was married to a woman named Harriet. Unfortunately, he fell in love with Mary, and they began to live together.  A couple years later, Harriet killed herself which meant that Percy and Mary could finally get married (she had already given him a child, and she was pregnant again).

They spent most of their married life fleeing Percy's creditors, and they also had five children.  Unfortunately only one lived to be an adult.  Shelley was drowned in a sailing accident, and Mary became a young widow.  She is most known for her book Frankenstein, and she also was a promoter of her husband's works.

There is a lot more information I could give you, but to make things easy, I will leave some links that you can look up for more information.


  1. Thanks! I love to read about people in history and see that they were "normal" people like us, with their good and bad sides! LOL

  2. I love this post. I hope you don't mind if I steal this idea for my own blog when I need a prompt. As a social studies teacher I am always looking at "This Day in History." I agree with Shannon, seeing historical figures as "normal" people puts them in a totally different light!


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