The Church's Interference with Acton's Marriage

Josef L. Altholz, Professor of History, University of Minnesota

Chapter eleven, note 4, of the author's The Liberal Catholic Movement in England: The "Rambler" and its Contributors, 1848-1864, which Burns and Oates (London) published in 1962. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

"The Curia has used a most dishonourable weapon against me. Nardi has written to Marie every possible derogatory thing against me." Acton to DbIlinger, I Nov. 1862, Woodruff MSS. Countess Marie von Arco-Valley was betrothed to Acton in 1860; they were not married until 1865. The delay was primarily due, however, to the instability of the lady's affections.

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