Jealous newlywed Sharon Edwards, 42, “liked the idea of being Mrs Edwards, solicitor’s wife” after marrying the criminal lawyer, a jury was told.
But Manchester Crown Court heard that the “domineering” woman regularly beat David, 51, at their home in Chorley, Lancs.
Besotted Mr Edwards was heard to say his new wife could “knock him out with one punch,” the court was told.
Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said Mr Edwards had been “under the thumb” after meeting her.
She added that on August 23 last year – less than two months after their wedding – she killed him at home with a kitchen knife during a domestic argument.
“Sharon Edwards was violent towards David well before his death and David’s response was to tolerate it and not report it to the police,” she said.
“Despite the turbulence that was to characterise their relationship, he was plainly besotted with her.”
Mr Edwards’ friends became “very concerned” for his welfare after seeing injuries – but he claimed he had fallen down the stairs.
“He was very obviously treading on eggshells to appease her,” she added.
Before being asked not to return to work others said they started to see a decline in “his appearance, his professionalism as a solicitor, in his self-respect”.
He had a three-inch stab wound to his heart and was also “covered in bruises and abrasions,” the court heard.
Other stab wounds were present.
Edwards denies murder, telling police that he walked into the blade.
The case continues.