The Profligate Son

The Profligate Son

Fashionable Vice and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain

Hardback352pp Illustrated

9780199687534     Product Code: 220012


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 account draws on papers that have lain in the archives for two centuries to reveal how an appalled father recorded 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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