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High Life, Low Morals : The Duel That Shook Stuart Society - Victor Stater

High Life, Low Morals

The Duel That Shook Stuart Society

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"Early on the morning of 15 November 1712, two prominent members of the aristocracy, the Whig Lord Mohun and the Tory Duke of Hamilton, met in Hyde Park to fight a duel. In a flurry of brutal swordplay that lasted perhaps two minutes, both fell mortally wounded. For months afterwards Stuart society was in uproar, for the duel occurred at a moment of grave political crisis. Whigs and Tories, increasingly desperate over the future as Queen Anne neared death, hurled charges of political murder and treasonous plotting at one another. The effects of this fatal encounter were to last for several generations, and over a century later Thackeray used it as the basis for his novel Henry Esmond.In this fascinating book Victor Stater takes the duel as a focal point from which to recreate the violent, cynical world of the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth century British aristocracy. He brings to life the London of Pope and Swift and Defoe, a place of huge financial gains and catastrophic reverses, of street crime and gambling dens and of the infamous Kit-Cat Club. The result is an unforgettable picture of a society in upheaval verging on anarchy, and of two men driven by demons of their ow

In November 1712 a duel was fought in Hyde Park between James, fourth Duke of Hamilton, and Charles, Baron Mohun. It was a heavyweight contest between two of the grandest peers of the day, the former a major player in the making of the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707 and the latter a notorious London rake. The encounter came at the end of a decade of political and legal wrangling between the two men: both were killed. Stater uses the event, which lived long in popular memory, as a point of entry into the lives of two of the most interesting figures of high society in the late-17th and early 18th century, and sheds much light on the political machinations and domestic intrigues of the day. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780712667067
ISBN-10: 0712667067
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.700
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition