JOHN LAW: A Scottish Adventurer in the Eighteenth Century


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JOHN LAW: A Scottish Adventurer in the Eighteenth Century

JAMES BUCHAN    Book Number: 89115    Product format: Paperback

At the peak of his reputation in 1720, a period lasting just over 100 days, John Law was the most powerful man in France after the Regent, the Duke of Orléans. He was also the richest private citizen and most famous man in Europe. Born in Scotland in 1671, he was convicted of murder in London and, after his escape from prison, fled Scotland for the mainland when Union with England brought with it a warrant for his arrest. On the continent he lurched from one money-making scheme to the next - selling insurance against losing lottery tickets in Holland, advising the Duke of Savoy and amassing a fortune of some £80,000. But for his next trick he had grander ambitions. When Louis XIV died, leaving a thoroughly bankrupt France to his five year old heir, Law gained the ear of the regent and in the years that followed his financial wizardry transformed the fortunes of France. He enriched speculators and investors across the continent and was made Controller-General of Finances, effectively becoming the French Prime Minister. But the fall from grace that was to follow was every bit as spectacular as his meteoric rise. Over the centuries Law has been portrayed as a crook, a rake and a madman, but James Buchan shows that he was none of these and with his novelist's gift and original research resurrects the vagabond career of one of history's most revolutionary and maligned thinkers. It has all the elements of Jacobite politics, elopements, prison breaks and court scandal. 513pp in paperback, 16 pages of colour photos and two maps, one of Paris c1720.
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ISBN 9781848666085
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