The Devil in the Holy Water
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Slander is a sordid business - but it can also shape public opinion and bring down oppressive regimes. Never was this more so than in 18th century France. This erudite and witty study charts the activity of a rag-tag group of literary mudslingers who, from exile in London, churned out seditious, salacious and hilarious pamphlets about the scandalous doings of kings and queens, royal mistresses, nobles and ministers - and the spies sent across the Channel to suppress them.