The Profligate Son

    The Profligate Son

    Fashionable Vice and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain

    Nicola Phillips

    Oxford University Press 2013

    Hardback 352pp Illustrated

    9780199687534   Product Code: 20012

    William Jackson was a charming, popular public schoolboy with the world at his feet - until his attempts to keep up with his Regency dandy friends set him at odds with his family and led to his ruin. This absorbing account draws on papers that have lain in the archives for two centuries to reveal how an appalled father charted his son's descent into a murky underworld of debt, disease, prostitution and crime, culminating in his transportation to Australia for fraud.

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