The Hellfire Club

Author: Daniel P. Mannix
Publisher: eNet Press
ISBN: 1618867458
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Brilliant, amusing, and utterly immoral, young noblemen, politicians, artists and other eminent men of eighteenth century England thronged to the abbey of Medmenham and the elaborately decorated caves and gardens of West Wycombe Park to attend meetings of a club that outraged and threatened the security of an entire country — the notorious Hellfire Club. Dedicated to black magic, sexual orgies, and political conspiracies, the records of their elaborately obscene rituals, jests, and parties have both fascinated and appalled the world for over three centuries. The Hellfire Club became popular during an age of scandal. Standards of respectability had become middle class — a middle class who knew nothing of art and literature and whose outlook was bound by a set of stereotyped conventions. Respect for the monarchy, religion, or the ideals of decency and morality? Bah humbug. The club's members — "mad geniuses who. . . could do anything from writing double entendre verses in Greek to ruining an opposing statesman by a clever satirical sketch" — set out to ridicule and destroy these conventions and at times they almost succeeded. The originator and guiding presence of the Hellfire Club was Sir Francis Dashwood — son of a grim and fiercely ruthless baronet, heir to one of the great fortunes of the time, and George III's intimate friend. Possessing a flair for politics and a proclivity for the profane, it is largely because of his influence that the Hellfire Club was to eventually count among its members the Prime Minister of England, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Lord Mayor of London, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, several of England's greatest artists and poets, the Prince of Wales, and Benjamin Franklin. Red robes, screaming girls, unscrupulous madams, firelight on the walls of a cave, and unspeakable acts for the sake of amusement. Daniel P Mannix addresses the reasons for the rise of the Hellfire Club, its singular influence on the course of history, and its inevitable destruction.

The Hellfire Club

Author: Peter Straub
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1409171477
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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They are dying, one by one. THE HELLFIRE CLUB is a reissued thriller from the multi-million copy bestselling author, Peter Straub. 'The Hellfire Club' moves like an express train - very fine work indeed' STEPHEN KING Wealthy, middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb have each disappeared from blood-spattered bedrooms. Their murderer remains at large. Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim . . . . THE HELLFIRE CLUB is Peter Straub at his very best. A nerve-jangling thriller of astonishing pace, featuring one of the most hypnotic killers ever created.

Geheimnis einer Nachtigall

Author: Victoria Holt
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 3955304973
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Jung und unerfahren ist Susanna Pleydell, als sie Aubrey St. Claire heiratet. Während der Flitterwochen verlebt sie glückliche Stunden mit ihm. Doch bald muss Susanna erkennen, dass hinter Aubreys zärtlichem Benehmen dunkle Abgründe lauern und dass er dem dämonischen Dr. Damien erlegen ist. Als ihr einziges Kind unter rätselhaften Umständen ums Leben kommt, schwört sie dem teuflischen Arzt glühende Rache ... Victoria Holt, die Meistererzählerin des Unheimlichen, verbindet in diesem aufregenden Roman ein Höchstmaß an Spannung mit einer romantischen Handlung, die den Leser bis zur letzten Seite fesselt.

Fire Along the Sky

Author: Robert Moss
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438431619
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A wildly entertaining historical adventure, deep inside the crucible in which America was forged. “Splendidly researched and wildly amusing historical adventure Tom Jones as The Deerslayer.” — Kirkus Reviews Dearest Shane, I dream you as the leopard. Last night you came to me in his skin. So, in the voice of one of his lovers, we first encounter Shane Hardacre, the narrator and protagonist of Fire Along the Sky. An eloquent Anglo-Irish rake and fictional kinsman of Sir William Johnson, the King’s Superintendent of Indians, Shane comes to the New World from London because of a doubtful wager. “I laid money on whether a man would take his own life,” as Shane informs us. That man was Robert Davers, a Norfolk baronet who sought to escape melancholia and learn the nature of the soul among the dream-catchers of North America. He ignored Johnson’s caution that “if you go looking for the spirit world of Indians, you will find you are already inside it” and found savage death during the Pontiac revolt. We enter the extraordinary world created by William Johnson in the Mohawk Valley in the aftermath of the French and Indian War, in the time when America was forged. We meet extraordinary historical figures: the warrior chief Pontiac and the Delaware Prophet who inspired his revolt; Angelique, the “Pompadour of Detroit”; Molly Brant and her brother Joseph; and Patience Wright, the “wax sybil,” an American spy in London who rivaled Madame Tussaud. The action races from the notorious Hell-Fire Club in England to the murder of Pontiac near St. Louis, from Mesmer’s performance for Ben Franklin in a Paris salon to bigamy and intrigue in New Orleans when an Irish captain-general held the city in the name of the Spanish king. Fire Along the Sky is grand entertainment that carries lightly a wealth of original research summarized in the copious notes “from the editor.” Through the narrator’s worldly skepticism, we are given a window into the shamanic dream practices of early Native Americans. The voice of Valerie D’Arcy, in the correspondence interwoven with Shane’s narrative, provides a knowing woman’s counterpoint to Shane’s phallocratic assumptions.