Imagine the shock of finding out that your significant other is not only unfaithful but has been living a double life. To make matters worse, they have a different name, a second wife, kids, a house, and a pet dog that you never knew about. How do these people pull it off? Why would someone do such a thing? What leads to the truth coming out? The following shows that not everyone takes their marriage vows to heart. King Edward IV is remembered for many things but for mostly his role in the Wars of the Roses. And his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville.
But there have been many theories that allege that he secretly married another woman before his secret marriage to Woodville. Historian John Ashdown-Hill was researching King Richard III in the 1990s when he came upon Edward IV’s bigamy. In his book The Private Life of Edward IV, Hill writes that Edward IV secretly married a lady named Eleanor Talbot before his marriage to Woodville. The marriage was acknowledged in an act of parliament in 1484. Some historians have questioned Eleanor’s existence due to lack of evidence. There’s a similar lack of proof of Edward IV’s other alleged first wife, Elizabeth Lucy. Hill notes that he came upon evidence that clearly shows that Elizabeth Lucy was actually Eleanor Talbot. A picture emerged corroborating their relationship.
Edward also gave her land and sent presents to his father-in-law up to her death. Hill also notes that the Thomas More’s version of history was an attempt by Henry VII to erase Eleanor’s name from the history books. Thus, Elizabeth’s marriage to Edward IV has always been questioned. There are also suggestions that Edward IV had same-sex relationships, multiple mistresses, and illegitimate children. It’s a shame he never wrote a tell-all book, which surely would’ve given Game of Thrones a run for its money. The last person you’d expect to be living a double life is a priest. How could someone who officiates weddings and listens to couples say the sacred vows do such a thing? Yet, a former priest in Australia pulled just such a deception. Alec Stevenson, originally from New Zealand, married his first wife in 1962.
He walked out on her and their three children and moved to Australia to start a new life. Stevenson did, however, get divorced from his second wife, whom he married in 1974. Then, in 2002, he married his third wife. He never told any of the women that he was still married and had children. During his trial in Canberra in 2014, the court learned that he became a priest after he moved to Australia. He performed several weddings as part of the Liberal Catholic Church, which does not enforce celibacy. Stevenson, who represented himself, argued that his actions were an honest or reasonable mistake.
According to him, he’s legally a bachelor. The prosecution told the court that the absence of any divorce papers or proceedings should have alerted Stevenson to the contrary. He later got a suspended jail sentence. While watching an episode of Dr. That man is dating my sister! It turned out that Ed was a notorious bigamist who had seven wives at that point. She recognized him when they showed his picture. Linda immediately called her sister Barbra, who, ironically, was sitting next to Ed when she got the call. Phil airing an hour later in her neighborhood, Barbra watched the episode when Ed went out. Barbara immediately called her sister back, and they set Ed up with the authorities.