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The Lives of the English Rakes

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The Lives of the English Rakes by Fergus Linnane
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Rake (n) 'a dissolute man, esp. one in fashionable society; rou' The English rake strides through the pages of romantic fiction, impossibly handsome, cynical and dangerous, a gambler, a deadly swordsman leaving a trail of broken hearts and slain rivals in his wake. The reality was if anything more intriguing. Some were poets and playwrights of genius - including the Earl of Rochester, author of some of the most tender and most obscene lyrics in the language. Others, such as Colonel Charteris 'Rape-master General', personified depravity. This unique and fascinating book charts the exploits the English rake, beginning in the Restoration Era with the hedonistic Charles II and his licentious courtiers, and following the flowering and then final decline of the rake during the Victorian era. Along the way you learn about England's most reckless libertines and discover how the Hell-fire Club lived up to its reputation for debauchery and satanic blasphemy. You'll become intimately acquainted with those who have the dubious accolade of being the biggest rogues, lechers and profligates in history.

Author Biography

Fergus Linnane has had a long career in journalism, working for the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and finally as executive editor of the European newspaper. He combined his career in London with an interest in the city's various underworlds. Fergus Linnane lives in Chelsfield, Kent.
Release date NZ
July 26th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
16pp of b/w photos and line illus
Imprint
Portrait
Pages
416
Dimensions
157x235x27
ISBN-13
9780749951238
Product ID
1696698

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