Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know : The Extraordinary Exploits of the British and European Aristocracy
by Karl Shaw
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The alarming level of British and European history, the aristocracy – from Argyll to Wellington and Byron to Tolstoy, the stories of madness, murder, misery, greed and irresponsibility.From the Regency theatres, to which the young nobles, would go with the sole purpose of insulting someone to provoke a duel that can contribute to their reputation, for the mode of playing clubs or “hells”, which have bloomed all over St. James in the middle of the seventeenth century, often bizarre acts and gestures of aristocrats.An eighteenth century English gentleman was necessary to have what is known as “low”, a metaphorical expedition that aimed at stabilityBy taking part in a duel was a bold statement that grounded youWilliam Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne certainly has low, if not a complete set of gonads following his duel with Colonel Fullarton, DEPUTY of Plympton.The two men missed their first shots, but the colonel fired again and fired Shelborne right from the testicle.Despite being hit, Shelborne deliberately released from his second shot in the airWhen asked how he was injured Earl coldly observed his injury and said, I don’t think Lady Shelborne will be the worst for her.Tycho Brahe, who is considered today as much of his brilliant scientific career as his talent for getting involved in bizarre misadventures, such as his death as a result of his bladder bursting; the Marquis of Queensberry, on the one hand a psychopathic mustache-guiphette, is considered to be the result of his bladder bursting.Often, these rakes would be quickly packed on a Grand Tour, hoping that the trip would bring maturity.He rarely did so.
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