Monday 27th February 2017
5:00 in SCHAR 1008
The L Word: Remembering the Ladies of Llangollen
In 1778, as the Age of Revolution turned European society upside down, two Irish heiresses eloped from their families to a picturesque cottage in Wales. They were seeking privacy and freedom, but ironically, their home in Llangollen became one of their adopted homeland’s most-visited tourist spots, attracting Edmund Burke, William Wordsworth, and many other travellers on the busy Bristol-to-Cardiff highway. Opinion was divided about whether the Ladies of Llangollen were scandalous sapphists or admirably selfless romantic friends. In this talk, Lisa Moore reflects on her own search for the meaning of the Ladies of Llangollen over the last three decades.