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The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England by [Roberts, Geraldine]
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Geraldine Roberts elegantly combines the skills of an archival historian, immersed in original documents, with those of a talented detective sleuth, painstakingly following the trail of hints and clues to produce a compelling and utterly believable story from the past (Professor Lisa Jardine CBE)

Roberts leaves no stone unturned in telling this compelling tale of fortune and folly. She brings the Regency world into vivid life in describing the dangerous allure of a feckless man. (Elizabeth Fremantle)

Fascinating [...] Roberts does an outstanding job of bringing this dark tale to life, and her book truly is a page-turner that surpasses any work of Regency fiction. (Hallie Rubenhold BBC History Magazine)

Geraldine Roberts gives a compassionate look at two wholly disparate personalities and the wider society in which they span their elegant, and ultimately ruinous, lives. (History Revealed)

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The story of the high society scandal that gripped Regency England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10279 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (18 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SN935PC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a great read! A well written biography of an infamous Regency couple. I bought a hard copy as I had read it on Kindle and wanted to share it with a non-e-reading friend - it's now been read and re-read
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A Jaw dropping story, you couldn't make it up. Lots of detail both of the individuals concerned and the general social history, but also a real page turner.
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British author Geraldine Roberts, in her book, "The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England", gives the story and repercussions of a marriage-from-hell. The man in the tale, William Wellesley Pole, the nephew of the Duke of Wellington, was a rotten person in every part of his life and was married to one of England's cherished heiresses, Catherine Tylney Long. Roberts' book dissects both families; their wealth, positions in society, and family ties. She also looks at the legal system in England at the time, which almost always gave full rights of a couple's children to the father.

William Wellesley was a true scoundrel. Born into one of the most accomplished families in England, Wellesley was a charming weasel who cheated and lied his way through life, always bailed out by his family. He was, I guess, "amoral", spending money and running up huge debts which he never took responsibility for paying. He married Catherine Tylney Long, the heiress of several huge estates who was known through out London society as a smart young woman who handled her own business affairs from an early age and was known for her kindness. She had been courted by the Duke of Clarence, son of George III, who eventually came to the throne as William IV. Unfortunately, Catherine fell in love with William Wellesley and married him and setting herself up for years of pain as William ran through her money like a drunken sailor and through her love and regard for him by his constant philandering.

Catherine and William's marriage produced two sons and one daughter. William spent money, depleting both his and much of his wife's fortunes. (Fortunately, she was in control of a certain amount of money that William could not get his hands on.
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Although historical/factual books are not my usual type of reading, I was enthralled and captivated from start to finish, greatly aided by Geraldine’s easy-to-read, no nonsense style.

I imagine that for historians Geraldine has provided a well-researched piece of work on a story with far-reaching consequences. For us non-historians (the vast majority), this brilliantly-written book provides a fascinating insight into human behaviour and motivation, filled with suspense and intrigue. She draws us into the story with the insightful way that she describes the characters and their emotions, so much so that I almost felt I was there.

This would make a fantastic film.
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I just loved this book. I had heard good things about it, but I thought it may be a bit high brow and possibly hard going bearing in mind the historical subject matter. I have read some books where I find myself constantly going backwards and forwards re-reading bits because I can't figure out what is going on.

This book was a real treat as the story is compelling and the fact that it is based on real people from a bygone age is an added bonus. I feel better educated for having read it and I think the author has been very clever in combining historical facts and an enjoyable story to present an interesting and convincing account and, at the same time, I feel I have learned something. I am somewhat surprised that the story has only just emerged; but for the efforts of the author, Geraldine Roberts, we would never have discovered the fascinating characters Catherine Tylney Long and her cad husband William Wellesley-Pole (nephew of the Duke of Wellington). My only disappointment was that the book finished on page 339 out of 392 pages (the bibliography was necessarily extensive) and I would have liked to keep reading on!

Geraldine Roberts has obviously taken a great deal of time to bring this book together after painstaking research. The setting is especially intriguing for me as I lived in Wanstead many years ago and my parents lived on Overton Drive. I am sure I have walked past the gateposts many times and taken no notice of them. The very next time I visit London, I intend to take a walk around Wanstead and soak it all up. I can't wait!
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By Rhoslyn TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2015
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The Angel and the Cad is a re-telling of the life of Catherine Tylney Long a woman who lived during the Regency Period and who inherited a fortune while still very young.

Catherine was intelligent, aristocratic, wealthy and pretty which bought her a good deal of attention including a proposal of marriage from the Duke of Clarence but; her charmed life became somewhat blighted once she fell in love with William Wellesley Pole. William was by no means a bad catch, he was a nephew of the Duke of Wellington, a charming, intelligent man who might have gone on to have a glittering political career.

William and Catherine were married against the best advice of her family who favoured the Duke of Clarence. After a smooth start to the marriage things began to quickly change. William was not a man to settle down and his ambitions, whether political or personal, were thwarted by his inability to take control of Catherine's fortune which was wrapped up in red tape to prevent anyone from selling the family home and lands. Maybe due to that frustration William turned from the marriage and went down the road of complete excess running up a fortune in debt and indulging in scandalous behaviour with other women.

The marriage came to a not unexpected but acrimonious end and a small war ensued over custody of the children. A fight where there could be no real winner and one that ended in dreadful sadness for all concerned.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story with all of that opulence and wealth brushing up against the morals, discrimination and double standards of the age. The historical scenery is well created and the characters bought to life.

Plenty of notes in the book to help you understand the history and family lines of the period.

Recommended.
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