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The Damnation of John Donellan: A mysterious case of death and scandal in Georgian England (Paperback)
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The Damnation of John Donellan: A mysterious case of death and scandal in Georgian England (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 05/07/2012
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In August 1780 Sir Theodosius Boughton, a dissolute Old Etonian twenty-year-old and heir to a Warwickshire fortune, died in painful convulsions after taking his medicine. The following year after an inquest and trial which became a cause celebre, his brother-in-law, Captain John 'Diamond' Donellan, Irish soldier of fortune and man about town, was tried for his murder. The trial was a shambles. Was Donellan guilty? Based on extensive research and the engrossing trial transcripts Elizabeth Cooke's book shows the dark and violent underside of the society of Mansfield Park.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846684838
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 23 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A masterpiece of well-founded suspicions based on first-hand evidence -- Iain Finlayson * The Times *
A fascinating account of a Georgian cause celebre ... just as Kate Summerscale did brilliantly in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Cooke focuses on legal procedure and forensic evidence to gripping effect -- Kathryn Hughes * Mail on Sunday *
I read this with great enjoyment. The author has produced a forensically detailed examination of a murder with a witty picture of the social world of the gentry at the end of the eighteenth century. Her eye and ear for the period are unerring. A delight. -- Judith Flanders * The Invention of Murder *
Highly readable ... gripping * Daily Express *

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