Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld

Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld

by Theo Aronson
     
 
In 1970 an article in an obscure British journal made the startling claim that the notorious mass-murderer, Jack the Ripper, had been none other than Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Victor Albert, Heir Presumptive to the British Throne. Althoug this theory was eventually dismissed, rumors about the long-forgotton prince -- always known as Eddy - began to gather

Overview

In 1970 an article in an obscure British journal made the startling claim that the notorious mass-murderer, Jack the Ripper, had been none other than Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Victor Albert, Heir Presumptive to the British Throne. Althoug this theory was eventually dismissed, rumors about the long-forgotton prince -- always known as Eddy - began to gather force. Out of a welter of conjecture, there emerged one accusation that cannot be dismissed: the story of Prince Eddy's alleged involvement in the Cleveland Sreet Scandal, the notorious homosesxual brothel case. The uncovering of this brothel in 1889 led to an extraordinary cover-up by the British government. Such a cover-up is explicable only in the light of Prince Eddy's involvement.

Working from original sources, including the files of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Theo Aronson has written the first full account of the strange life of Prince Eddy, placing him within the astonishingly active homosexual underworld of late Victorian England. Aronson explores Eddy's upbringing, his university and military careers, his alledged "secret marriage," his links to the Ripper murders, his early death, and , above all, the issue of his sexual orientation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566199933
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
246

Meet the Author

Working from original sources (including the files of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Esher Papers), Theo Aronson has written the first full account of the strange life of Prince Eddy, setting it in perspective against a vivid backcloth of the astonishingly active homosexual underworld during the last decades of Queen Victoria's reign.

He explores Prince Eddy's upbringing, his university and military careers, his curious personality, his alleged "secret marriage", his links with the Jack the Ripper murders, his early death and, above all, the central mystery of his life - his sexual orientation. For it was this that linked the young Prince's name to the Cleveland Street Scandal.

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