Earl of Sandwhich . . .You shall either die of the pox or on the gallows… John Wilkes . . . That sir depends on whether I embrace your mistress or your politics…


Madams : bawds & brothel-keepers of London  Fergus Linnane  Stroud : Sutton, 2005  Hardcover. First edition. x, 246 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.  Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

During the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were almost no career openings for women. Yet a group of intrepid and gifted females scaled the heights of what was literally a man’s world – they became bawds. Taking what had been a furtive activity on the borders of legality, they turned brothel-keeping into a major industry, colonising some of the exclusive areas of London and making a major contribution to the city’s prosperity. Fergus Linnane’s new book reveals the other side of London’s years of pomp and splendour, painting a vivid picture of the bawds, their girls and their clients.

The lives of the English rakes  Fergus Linnane  London : Portrait , 2006  Hardcover. 1st ed. x, 342 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.  Includes bibliographical references and index.  Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Rake (n) “was a dissolute man, esp. one in fashionable society; roue.” 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 Hellfire 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.

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