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The Ladies of Llangollen

‘In early life they formed a romantic attachment, as deep as it proved to be lasting, and determined to enjoy their friendship in perfect seclusion.’ The ladies of Llangollen, or Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739-1829) and the Hon Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832) were two Anglo-Irish elite women, who determined that they would forego heterosexual marriage for female friendship at the end of the eighteenth-century, thrusting them into the limelight of nineteenth-century press and into the history books of twentieth century historians tracing lesbianism in bygone days.  As June is ’Pride Month’ [well, it is in the United States], where the Lesbian, …