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The Lives Of The English Rakes Hardcover – 27 Apr 2006

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Portrait; 1st Ed. (U.K.) edition (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074995096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749950965
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Academically sound as well as being a good read." "Independent on Sunday"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rake: ' loose, disorderly, vicious, wild, gay, thoughtless fellow; a man addicted to pleasure' DR JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY, 1755

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I have read this book before, and thought I would have my own copy. I was impressed by the good condition, for a second hand book, it was very clean, condition anyway, some of the content was not!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9a593270) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x99a749fc) out of 5 stars Well researched, slightly obscene, and VERY interesting 27 Jan. 2011
By R.M. - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a romance reader with an intellectual bent, I've often wondered about the historical accuracy of the Regency Romance novels I've read. For instance, was it really possible to reform a rake? Weren't people worried about sexually transmitted diseases? And what did they do if they had one? (answers: "No", "Absolutely", and "Usually treat it with quack remedies like drinking/bathing in mercury - yep, the poisonous metal")

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?
HASH(0x999afd5c) out of 5 stars Good Book 20 May 2015
By Raven - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book received in good condition & just as pictured..
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