Bones of Real-life Tess of the d’Urbervilles Found?
Bones of Real-life Tess of the d’Urbervilles Found?: Archaeologists may have uncovered the bones of the woman who inspired Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. While excavating the site of a former prison in Dorchester, the archaeologists located a skull and other remains believed to belong to Elizabeth Martha Brown, who was hanged at the Dorchester prison in 1856. A teenage Hardy was in attendance at her hanging, an experience which left a profound and lasting impact on him.