Excellent corrective to myths about the era.
Well, this is a romp — a right rollicking ride through the 18th-century world of courtesans, harlots, bigamists, rapists, pimps, brothels, bagnios, profligates and narcissists. Along the way we meet myriad crooks and celebrities: Kitty Fisher, Lavinia Fenton, Nelly O’Brien, Casanova, Charteris, the Hanoverians and their hangers-on and many more. Although he is excellent at […]
A brilliant book about the two flawed unfortunates on the sidelines of Byron’s Italian sojourn.
An investigation of the terrible trade in dead bodies in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The sweet-natured aristocrat came to a dreadful end.
A lively jaunt through the royal courts of Europe.