Courtship and Marriage
A family friend arranged for them to meet in her rooms.
They began a secret courtship, as she knew her tyrannical and fanatically religious father would disapprove.
In May 1845, with her faithful maid, Elizabeth Wilson, and her golden cocker spaniel, Flush,
she slipped out of the London home on Wimpole street
and married Robert Browning in a private ceremony at St. Marylebone Parish Church.
She was 40; he was 6 years younger.
They spent time in Paris and then moved to Italy,
where she lived most of the rest of her life.
Mr. Barrett disinherited Elizabeth, as he did each of his children who married.
had some money from her grandmother, so the Brownings, well respected and somewhat famous,
lived a good life in Italy.