Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (Paperback)
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Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (Paperback)

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Published: 12/02/2015
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He was 'THE WICKEDEST MAN ALIVE'.

He went to Oxford University at the age of 12.

He slept with his first prostitute at 13.

He was an alcoholic by 14.

He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18.

He was acclaimed a war hero at 19.

He died of syphilis at the age of 33.

He was English history's first celebrity.

He was John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester: Poet, dandy and libertine.

BLAZING STAR is a compelling portrait of a remarkable and complex man, and of a cultural golden age that often spilled over into depravity.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781781859247
Number of pages: 408
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Insightful and illuminating... engagingly partisan and elegantly informative' - The Times

An informative and enlightening biography - The Sunday Times

This racy tale is told in scholarly but lively detail by Alex Larman in a beautifully written first book - Daily Express

The most comprehensive portrait of Rochester yet - Daily Mail

Very good, assiduously researched and well written - Scotland on Sunday

Challenges the accepted wisdom that has prevailed for centuries that Wilmot was a dastardly blighter in his conduct and a pornographer in his poetry, painting instead a portrait of one of English literature's brightest lights who died, as bright lights do, far too young - Good Book Guide

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“A rip-roaring read”

I'd seen the film of Rochester's life, The Libertine, a few months ago, and thought that it was an intriguing story, and I wanted to find out more about him, but there didn't seem to be any good... More

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