One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘His regular companion was now the pious Mme de Maintenon, who had been governess to the children of earlier mistresses; and soon after the queen's death he married her morganatically.’
- ‘After the queen's death, it seems likely the couple were married morganatically - in secret, with the marriage recognised by the Church alone.’
- ‘An anonymous hand penned that the Queen had cancelled diary appointments because of her pregnancy by John Brown to whom she ‘has been morganatically married… for a long time?’’
- ‘Isabella's first regent was her mother, who weakened her position by morganatically marrying a shopkeeper's son and by her reputation for ruthless greed.’
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