Which variations of sexual anatomy count as intersex?
In practice, different people have different answers to that question.
Incredibly, in view of what follows, she claims: "He had the strongest personality of anyone I had ever met - he simply exuded strength, decisiveness and charm." Although a "confirmed bachelor", he proposed to her the first evening they met and married her within a week.
She was a little disconcerted that he spent the day before their wedding driving round drugstores in search of uppers and downers, but he explained he needed them for his jet lag. Thus prepared, they trotted off to Maryland, to tie the ill-fated knot.
Her parents were members of Jamaica's Lebanese mercantile elite, or, as Lady Colin puts it in her ineffable way: "My mother was related to four of Jamaica's oldest families, and to say merely that she was out of the top drawer would not convey the quality of her breeding." A "cosmetic malformation" of the genitals (fused labia and a deformed clitoris) had led to his being given the wrong gender. None was forthcoming - it was not until George turned 21 (by which time he had been living as a girl, and a successful model, for some time) that he was operated upon.
Lady Colin Campbell showed her nasty side during the second episode of I'm a Celebrity... "No one," she writes, "ever faced the knife more eagerly than I.
Childhood During the greater part of Marys childhood, Robert Sidney was away in the Netherlands, where he had taken over as the Governor of Flushing after Philip Sidneys death in 1586.
Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types--for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia.
He, in turn, did not bat an eyelid when she said he ought to know that she had been brought up a boy. By way of honeymoon, he took her on a pub crawl, and invited a stranger to join them for their wedding night.
Only then did he confess: "I have a hung-up [sic] about physical contact." The bride resourcefully managed to consummate the marriage, but "I ended up feeling like a necrophiliac".
For her contemporaries, however, her primary identity was as a member of the illustrious Sidney family.
As the elaborately decorated title-page of her book announced to the world in 1621, she was, after all, "Daughter to the right Noble Robert Earl of Leicester, and Niece to the ever famous, and renowned Sir Philip Sidney knight, and to the most excellent Lady Mary Countess of Pembroke." It was an identity in which Wroth herself took enormous pride, and which left a decided mark on all her writing.