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Amphibious Thing: The Life of Lord Hervey by Lucy Moore
English | Dec 22, 2014 | ISBN: 067087986X, 0140273646 | ASIN: B00RD0FUAU | 351 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | 4 MB
Lord Hervey — strikingly handsome courtier, confidant of Queen Caroline and right-hand man to Prime Minister Walpole — was the darling of the glittering court of George II.
Amphibious Thing: The Life of Lord Hervey
Painted by Hogarth and satirized by Fielding and Pope, he counted among his friends and enemies some of the most brilliant men and women of the eighteenth century.
In private, however, he led a rakish life that was — even by the mores of the age’s debauched aristocracy — scandalous.
In ‘Amphibious Thing’, Lucy Moore brings to life the intrigues, the illicit liaisons and the petty rivalries that surrounded Lord Hervey and that finally led to his fall from grace.
‘An entertaining portrait of eighteenth century aristocratic society, filled with juicy anecdotes, flamboyant characters and wild eccentricity.’ – Mail on Sunday
‘A highly intelligent, supremely enjoyable biographical study of the life and times of a celebrated rake and a brilliant picture of eighteenth-century aristocratic life in all its brittle artifice.’ – Robert McCrum, Observer
‘In Moore’s deft hands Lord Hervey becomes the peg on which to hang a far larger picture, and this excellent book has much of importance to say about the society, politics and attitudes of his day…Moore is an exciting historian with a keen eye for the eccentric and offbeat…an exemplary work.’ – New Statesman
‘A vivid survey of courtly life, with its elaborate feasts and intimate parlour games, polite formal rituals and spiteful personal squabbles.’ – The Times Literary Supplement
‘The court life, wit, clothes and sheer flamboyance of the era comes brilliantly alive.’ – Daily Telegraph
Lucy Moore was born in 1970 and educated in Britain and the United States before reading history at Edinburgh University. She is the editor of ‘Con Men and Cutpurses: Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld’, and the author of the critically acclaimed ‘The Thieves’ Opera: The Remarkable Lives and Deaths of Jonathan Wild, Thief-Taker, and Jack Sheppard, House-Breaker’.
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