BLAZING STARALEXANDER LARMAN Book Number: 87116 Product format: Hardback
The life and times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester was one short in duration but long on scandal. His misdeeds included the abduction of his future wife, banishment from court, and some of the most explicit verse written in English literature. He died of syphilis at the age of 33, having 'swived more whores more ways than Sodom's Walls.' Co-existing with the libertine of legend however is another Rochester, who has not received his due - a naval officer who served his country with courage, a devoted if inconsistent husband and father, and a poet of deep intellectual curiosity at the heart of a cultural golden age. Biographer Larman explores the life, legacy and contradiction of this complex man in an era rich in literary achievement - as well as hard living and strong wine. Rochester was the subject of the ill-fated film The Libertine. Rochester lived 1647-1680 and embraced tempestuous feuds with the great and the good of his age including John Dryden, annual banishment from Charles II's court for outrageous behaviour, imprisonment in the Tower of London, and posing as an Italian doctor for the purpose of defrauding the gullible. 388pp in paperback, 16 images, mostly colour.
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