John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty

John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty

by Arthur Cash
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300123639

ISBN-13: 9780300123630

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

A highly entertaining biography of the incredible John Wilkes, champion of liberty and irrepressible libertine.
"It is difficult to believe that John Wilkes, a notorious womanizer and scandal-monger, was a genuine hero of civil liberties and political democracy on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 18th century, but hero he was and in this engaging book

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A highly entertaining biography of the incredible John Wilkes, champion of liberty and irrepressible libertine.
"It is difficult to believe that John Wilkes, a notorious womanizer and scandal-monger, was a genuine hero of civil liberties and political democracy on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 18th century, but hero he was and in this engaging book Arthur Cash gives Wilkes the serious treatment he has long deserved."—Eric Foner, Columbia University
“[A] superb biography. . . .  After finishing the last page I turned back to the beginning in order to enjoy it all over again.”—Tom Hodgkinson, Independent on Sunday
“Informative and enjoyable. . . . So well researched, so full of fascinating detail, . . . so delightfully buoyant.” - John Barrell, London Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300123630
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preemptive Glossary....................xi
Prologue....................1
I The Making of a Gentleman....................5
II The Squire of Aylesbury....................17
III Into Parliament....................37
IV The North Briton....................65
V Number 45....................96
VI The Great George Street Printing Shop....................121
VII Trials and a Trial of Honor....................143
VIII Exile....................165
IX The Middlesex Election....................204
X Incapacitation....................237
XI The City of London....................267
XII My Lord Mayor....................312
XIII Poverty, Paternity, and Parliamentary Reform....................328
XIV Chamberlain....................351
Epilogue....................375
Afterword....................395
Notes....................397
Sources....................451
Index....................465

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