Marguerite Steinheil, 1869-1954 : Succès Malgre Scandale

Many  of you will recall that the first plot point of Downton Abbey was the daughter Mary Crawley’s sleeping with the Turkish diplomat and doing such a  bang up job of it that the poor fellow keeled over with a heart attack.  Those family and staff in the know must all must be silent lest she be ruined by the scandal, and soap opera being what it is, every episode must involve threats to destroy that silence and schemes to ensure it.

Well,  it may have been the sort of thing to bring down members of the upper-crust, but the reverse, Bad Behaviour boosting one’s reputation, maybe not so much.  Reality tells at least one happier story.

That is, after a fashion and some twists and turns.   Continue reading