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Gentlemen And Blackguards

Author : Nicholas Foulkes
ISBN : 9780297858553
Genre : History
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Men, money, duelling and murder: welcome to the infamous Derby race of 1844 and the gambling mania that gripped early 19th century Britain. This is a tale of money, gambling and sporting obsession; of rogues and rascals, outrageous criminality, aristocratic complacency, and a gripping investigation to expose the most audacious sporting plot of the age. In the early 1840s, Britain was the gambling capital of Europe and the Epsom Derby was attracting countless spectators and many millions of pounds in wagers. It was a time of frenzied speculation, high stakes and low morals. But as the unprincipled Regency era gave way to the high-mindedness of the Victorian period, reformers decided it was time to challenge the murky world of illegal gambling and in 1844, launched the far-reaching Parliamentary Enquiry. When the Derby of the same year ended in chaos, with the two favourite horses doped, the Turf's most dedicated follower and greatest tyrant Lord George Bentinck, took it upon himself to uncover the truth of what happened that day, which led to one of the most sensational court cases of the 19th century. A compelling detective story peopled with low-life aristocrats and high-minded reformers, GENTLEMEN AND BLACKGUARDS paints a rich picture of early Victorian society, bringing to light an overlooked turning point in British history.
Category: History

Days Of Old

Author : Alastair MacKenzie Ferguson
ISBN : HARVARD:32044107254120
Genre : Coffee
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The Story Of The Civil War

Author : Loreta Janeta Velazquez
ISBN : PRNC:32101018149565
Genre : United States
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The Boston Quarterly Review

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ISBN : HARVARD:32044011393295
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

The American Democrat And Other Political Writings

Author : James Fenimore Cooper
ISBN : 0895262428
Genre : History
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His argument, that the real American should be one rooted in virtue, honor, and honesty, transcend time and historical era. This edition is the first to combine all three works - the entirety of Letter and The American Democrat, and numerous excerpts from Notions.".
Category: History

Exotic England

Author : Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
ISBN : 9781846274978
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline. From the nation's modern origins in the Renaissance, travellers have eagerly roamed the globe and been enticed by the diversity and richness of other civilizations. And while this appetite for adventure has often been tainted by aggression or exploitation, the English have also carried within them a capacity to soak up new experiences and ideas and to weave them into every aspect of life back home, from language and literature to customs and culture. Here we trace this golden thread of otherness through five centuries of English history to reveal how it has shaped the buildings, flavoured the food, powered the economy, and created a truly diverse society. Today, when England is no longer synonymous with Britain and the English ask themselves who they are, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown paints a sumptuous and illuminating portrait of who they have been and brings a fresh, invigorating perspective on what 'Englishness' really means.
Category: Biography & Autobiography