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The Pocket Guide to Scandals of the Aristocracy (Paperback)

P&S History

By Andy Hughes
Imprint: Remember When
Series: Pocket Guides
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781844680924
Published: 5th March 2012
Last Released: 13th February 2020



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The aristocracy is full of scandal and intrigue. Lusty lords and naughty nobles have taken our history by storm. In this book you will see why our nobles are not such a noble lot after all. Many have been involved in scandals linked to kidnap, murder, rape, poisoning, cruelty, seduction, avarice, violence, torture and more! Some were happy to hob-nob with Hitler, one spent a fortune on 2,000 male prostitutes, another dressed all his male servants in yellow from head to toe and one changed sex before claiming her (his) aristocratic title. There are tales of blowing hundreds of millions of pounds, bankruptcy, jail terms, drug-taking, casual sex, gambling, making naughty movies and robbery!

In this new format from Pen & Sword, journalist Andy Hughes has had a great deal of fun delving into history books to unearth a wide range of tales about the misdeeds of the nobly born. Bizarrely these range from a hermaphrodite baron to a French poisoner worthy of Kind Hearts and Coronets. READ IT FOR: Salacious stories from the upper class to get your teeth into.

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There are takes of fortunes gambled away, spent on prostitutes, drink and drugs. The stories are sectioned into eras of history going right back through the ages from the present day. We tend to think that modern day morals have declined, that the twenty-first century is full of wicked, deceitful people who would sell their Granny to the highest bidder. Think again! Some of the so-called nobility from times gone by would laugh at our modern day ‘scandals’ – and they got away with it, and carried on doing it.
Full of tales and intrigue that would delight the editors of Heat and The Sun these days, this is a gem of a book.

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An author who hails from Shropshire has published a new book about scandals involving the British aristocracy.
“The book will show nobles messed up in scandals linked to kidnap, murder, rape, poisoning, cruelty, seduction, avarice, violence, torture and more.”

Shropshire Star: 16th March 2012

About Andy Hughes

Andy K. Hughes has worked as a journalist for almost twenty years, working for organisations such as ITN, the BBC and London's LBC Radio; his voice has also been heard on Classic FM in the UK as well as on National Public Radio in the U.S; in addition to this he has also been a regular contributor to several well-known magazines. Andy, who has four sons, studied history at university and lives in High Wycombe with his wife Bridget.

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