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Insatiable Earl: A Life of John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich 1718-

RODGER, N.A.M.

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ISBN 10: 0393035875 / ISBN 13: 9780393035872
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RODGER, N.A.M. The Insatiable Earl: A Life of John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich 1718-1792. W.W. Norton & Co., (1993). 425 pp., 1st Amer. ed., v.g.+/v.g.+. N° de réf. du libraire 42680

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Titre : Insatiable Earl: A Life of John Montagu, ...

Date d'édition : 1993

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Synopsis :

No historical figure of 18th-century England has been more grossly misrepresented than the inventor of our favourite fast food. The stereotype is well known: an unscrupulous man of pleasure whose mistress, a courtesan, was murdered on the steps of the Admiralty, inside which her lover was carelessly mismanaging the War of American Independence. In fact, Martha Ray was not a courtesan but rather the Joan Sutherland of her day who was murdered by one of her unhinged admirers. Neither was the fourth Earl of Sandwich the philanderer he has long been made out to be. Lord of the Admiralty at the age of 25, and First Lord at 30, he displayed diplomatic powers and won from foreign statesmen the admiration and trust of his own countrymen. He was highly influential in the reform of the navy in the Seven Years War and a criticial player during the American Revolutions.

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Brilliantly written account of the 18th-century nobleman was a key player in British naval strategy during the War of Independence--and who invented our favorite fast food. The fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92) is usually written off as the archetypal wicked aristocrat: a self-seeker who neglected his country's interest in the pursuit of the pleasures of the bedroom and the gaming table. Here, British naval historian Rodger- -drawing on a wide range of sources, including Sandwich's own letters and papers--attempts to go beyond this caricature by viewing his subject in the context of the realities of 18th-century party politics and naval warfare. His Sandwich emerges as an ambitious man with many interests and talents but little wealth--a man who consequently was distrusted by his own class and failed to achieve full scope for his powers. His beloved wife went insane, and the mistress he subsequently took was murdered. As First Sea Lord, Sandwich began a fundamental reform of the fleet, making use of seasoned timber and the latest technique of sheathing ships' bottoms with copper to improved speed--but the American Revolution interrupted these plans. Rodger argues that Sandwich's strategy in that war made sense in terms of contemporary presuppositions and the limitations of a Britain under attack from France and Spain: The 13 colonies were lost but Quebec and the West Indies were retained and, above all, the homeland was saved from invasion. Today, Sandwich is best remembered for his part in the revival and continued popularity of Handel's music--and for sandwiches. A pleasure to read--and offering new depth and insights into the political and social values of a critical epoch. (Illustrations) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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