Bigamy was quite common in the nineteenth century, polygamy less so. Although often joked about, it had serious implications for its victims.
Young Jo, the tragic crossing sweeper in Bleak House, was based on a real London boy called George Ruby. George's life was changed forever.
William Cary, who was born in 1795 and died in 1825, was a scientific instrument maker of great distinction and a dedicated chronicler of the capital's weather.
Love & romance special
Five stories offering five takes on this timeless subject.