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A Sentimental Murder Love And Madness In The Eighteenth Century (Paperback)

Author:  John Brewer
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374529779
ISBN-13: 9780374529772
Sku: 31041834
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 7.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  340
Age Range:  NA
 
One April evening in 1779, Martha Ray, the pretty mistress of a famous aristocrat, was shot dead at point-blank range by a young clergyman who then attempted to take his own life. Instead he was arrested, tried and hanged. In this fascinating new book, John Brewer, a leading historian of eighteenth-century England, asks what this peculiar little story was all about. Then as now, crimes of passion were not uncommon, and the story had the hallmarks of a great scandal--yet fiction and fact mingled confusingly in all the accounts, and the case was hardly deemed appropriate material for real history.
Was the crime about James Hackman's unrequited love for the virtuous mother of the Earl of Sandwich's illicit children? Or was Ray, too, deranged by passion, as a popular novel suggested? In Victorian times the romance became a morality tale about decadent Georgian aristocrats and the depravity of wanton women who consorted with them; by the 1920s Ray was considered a chaste mistress destroyed by male dominance and privilege. Brewer, in tracing Ray's fate through these protean changes in journalism, memoir, and melodrama, offers an unforgettable account of the relationships among the three protagonists and their different places in English society--and assesses the shifting balance between storytelling and fact, past and present that inheres in all history.
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Probing a 1779 incident involving the murder of a prominent woman by a clergyman, the author unfolds fact from fiction, comparing confusing, conflicting accounts of the crime to reveal how dubious facts end up becoming part of "history." Reprint.
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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0340
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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