The Trials of the King of Hampshire -

The Trials of the King of Hampshire

Madness, Secrecy and Betrayal in Georgian England



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A Guardian best history book of 2016 Eccentric, shy aristocrat ... or mad, bad and dangerous to know? Neighbour Jane Austen found the 3rd earl of Portsmouth a model gentleman and Lord Byron maintained that, while the man was a fool, he was certainly no madman. Behind closed doors, though, Portsmouth delighted in pinching his servants so that they screamed, asked dairy-maids to bleed him with lancets and was obsessed with attending funerals. After he'd lived this way for years, in 1823 his own family set out to have him declared insane. Still reeling from the madness of King George, society could not tear itself away from what would become the longest, costliest and most controversial insanity trial in British history.

Product code: 9781786071781

ISBN 9781786071781
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
No. Of Pages 368
Publisher Oneworld Publications
The Guardian best history book of 2016 - a fantastic story of an aristocratic family desperate to prove that one of their own is insane