The cases of the British fascist leader Oswald Mosley with the sisters of his first wife and her stepmother
Fascist leader Oswald Mosley deceived his first wife with both her sisters and her stepmother, revealing previously unpublished letters.
The letters, written by his second wife, Diana Mitford, also reveal her fear that his flirtatious ways would cost him his right-wing consequence.
In the notes donated to the National Library of Scotland, Mitford seems to confirm that Mosley had been unfaithful to his wife Lady Cynthia Curzon, whom he married in 1920, with her sisters Irene and Alexandra, and with her stepmother, Grace .
Cynthia and her sisters are considered the inspiration behind the Grantham daughters in the hit series Downton Abbey, with the character of their mother, Cora, based on Mary Curzon, a US heir of department stores.
Mosley (pictured with Lady Cynthia Curzon) was accused of her marriage for the money and to go through the ranks of the Conservative Party
Chicago-born Lady Mary Curzon died at the age of just 36 years in Carlton House Terrace, Westminster, in 1906.
She could not have stood the son and heir of her husband and got complications after fertility-related operations. English medical experts could not cure.
Diana Mitford (pictured with Sir Oswald) feared that his shady past would alienate his followers
Lord Curzon set up a memorial chapel in her honor at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.
After her affair with Mosley, Irene Curzon would become one of the first four Life Peeresses in the House of Lords in 1958.
Alexandra was the first love of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and got the nickname Baba Blackshirt because of her involvement with Mosley.
She died at the age of 91 at the St John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford in 1995 after more than 40 years of work with the Save the Children Fund, of which she was elected vice president in 1974.
Mosley's 1920 marriage with Lady Cynthia was seen as a cynical move for social progress by her father. Branded a gold digger, the ambitious conservative member of parliament then had business with her relatives, reports the Sunday Times.
Correspondence donated to the National Library of Scotland seems to confirm the extramarital relations with Cynthia's stepmother Grace. They also seem to prove that he was cheating against the sisters Irene and Alexandria.
Lady Cynthia died of peritonitis, an inflammation of the tissue along the abdomen, in 1933, the year in which Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.
A letter from Mitford to the Scottish pear Lord Boothby in 1981 referred to the cases that ravaged the first marriage of Mosley.
Oswald Mosley (photo serialist of his Blackshirts in East End of London) cheated his first wife with her two sisters and her mother
She refers to her stepson, Nicholas, recalling his plans to write a book about his father.
& # 39; When Nicky was young, & # 39; she writes, & # 39; someone said at a party against him: & # 39; I take my hat off for your father, not many men have seduced both their sister-in-law and their mother-in-law. & # 39;
Mitford says that Nicholas & # 39; Not impressed & # 39; was of the remark and then remembers how she feared that the inclusion of the anecdote in his book would alienate the fascist supporters.
She also burned his biography & # 39; terrible words & # 39; after charting the book from which his political career originated.
Oswald Mosley (pictured with his Blackshirts in East London) served both the Conservative and the Labor parties before he founded his fascist movement
Mosley served as a Tory and Labor MP before he founded the British Union of Fascists.
His movement had about 50,000 followers at its peak and George Orwell once wrote that he doubted Mosley and his ilk would be "more than a joke for the majority of English."
Mosley married Mitford in 1936, with Adolf Hitler as their guest of honor. They held the ceremony in the home of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Mosley died in 1980, when his widow died at the age of 93 in 2003, without ever renouncing her fascism.