The Lives Of The English Rakes Hardcover – 27 Apr 2006
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The author takes us through 200 years of British history by focusing on the famed Rakes of the past and laying out all the sordid details of their lives. This book rips away the fiction that all rakes were 6'2" with flat bellies and well muscled thighs, with plenty of money and sexual skill. These men were ordinary, some fat, some short and very few handsome. Yet to a one, they used their rank to live the high life, spending their money with abandon and caring only for the pursuit of transitory, physical pleasures.
Bottom line: Well written and accessible to the average reader, this book should be required reading for all romance writers thinking of writing in the historical genre. For the rest of us: we get to learn about money, drugs, and sex, all couched in an intellectual format you could read in your Mother's house without shame. What's not to like?