The Trials of the King of Hampshire

The Trials of the King of Hampshire

Madness, Secrecy and Betrayal in Georgian England

Paperback364pp Illustrated197x128mm

9781786071781     Product Code: 513262

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Every family has its skeletons, but in 1823 the aristocratic Wallops were about to have theirs laid bare to the world. This biography tells the dramatic story of the Third Earl of Portsmouth. Wealthy and well-connected, a friend of Byron and Jane Austen, he was widely considered a harmless eccentric until – amid accusations of blackmail, abduction and sodomy – his own family set out to have him declared insane in a trial that scandalized the nation. Slightly off-mint.

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