Andrew Noone - Bathsheba Spooner
Discussion and signing with Andrew Noone, author of Bathsheba Spooner
Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 6:30pm
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What possessed a woman from the elite of eighteenth-century New England society to conspire with American and British soldiers to murder her husband at the midpoint of the American Revolution? The story of Bathsheba Spooner has fascinated and baffled residents of Worcester County for centuries. Early American marriage and divorce, its political and military background, the social strata, its legal and retributive approach to justice—these contexts serve to frame an amateurly-conceived crime, the circumstances of which were uniquely suited to provoke a scandal, which in its time was as gripping as that of Lizzie Borden’s over a century later.
Andrew Noone is an an independent scholar, beginning this book’s journey after a dinner guest reminded him that Bathsheba Spooner and unborn son were buried in the park opposite his family’s new home. At the time, no serious, in-depth work had ever appeared on the topic. One did appear, five years later, but he continued his own avenue of research.