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Notorious Blasted Rascal: Colonel Charteris and the Servant Girl's Revenge Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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"The most notorious blasted rascal in the world." —Lord ChesterfieldThe venal and depraved reputation of Colonel Francis Charteris (1672–1732), and the story of his celebrated trial for the rape of his servant girl, one of the most infamous cases of the 18th century, became legendary and long survived his death. This book, for the first time, tells the remarkable story of Charteris—portrayed by Hogarth as the rake in The Harlot’s Progress—and how his servant girl successfully prosecuted the notorious aristocratic rake for rape. His reputation was such that he was obliged to use a false name in order to get female servants to agree to work for him. Ann Bond was engaged through an intermediary, but when her employer began to make regular advances towards her she realized his true identity. She demanded to be allowed to leave, but Charteris raped her and she was whipped and thrown out without her belongings. Most victims would have considered Charteris too powerful to bring to justice, but Ann filed a complaint, and he found himself facing a charge of rape, then a capital crime.
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Linda Stratmann is the author of Chloroform, The Crooks who Conned Millions, Essex Murders, and Gloucestershire Murders.
- Publisher : The History Press (November 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0750948124
- ISBN-13 : 978-0750948128
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 19, 2012
This bloated book is terribly written, it is full of cliches and dangerous falsities. The writer obviously had fun writing it, but should have paid more attention to contexts and reality and relied less on her imagination.
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Ignore Stuffy Reviewers - It's a Good ReadReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 22, 2018
I initially hesitated buying this book because of the two previous reviews. However, as I am currently researching an aspect of the 18th Century relating to this subject matter (and a used copy was reasonably priced) I thought I would buy it, if only to see what the bibliography contained. What I found was a thoroughly readable book and am enjoying every minute of it. I don't know whether there are "inaccuracies" as one reviewer claimed (I have the primary sources in order to check at a later date), but if one is looking for a book for the pure pleasure of reading then please ignore the other reviews. What I did not realise until now is that I also have another of Linda Stratmann's books, on Essex Murders, and can recommend that too on the basis of its readability. It takes great skill to convey information in a clear and entertaining style, which is something stuffy reviewers should bear in mind. Enjoy the read.
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