Love and Madness in the Eighteenth Century
Harper Perennial 2005
9780006552000   Product Code: 65245
Here is an enduring tale with 'a heady combination of sex, murder and celebrity stalking': in April 1779 a young soldier, James Hackman, murdered the Earl of Sandwich's mistress before attempting suicide. John Brewer investigates the facts of the case and examines the great variety of interpretations of them - prurient, moralizing, gothic, political and romantic - in the ensuing centuries.