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Gentlemen and Blackguards : Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844 by Nick Foulkes
  

Gentlemen and Blackguards : Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844

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Men, money, duelling and murder: welcome to the infamous Derby race of 1844 and the gambling mania that gripped early 19th century Britain. This is a tale of money, gambling and sporting obsession; of rogues and rascals, outrageous criminality, aristocratic complacency, and a gripping investigation to expose the most audacious sporting plot of the age. It's also a compelling detective story peopled with low-life aristocrats and high-minded reformers, GENTLEMEN AND BLACKGUARDS paints a rich picture of early Victorian society, bringing to light an overlooked turning point in British history.

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Gentlemen and Blackguards : Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844 by Nick Foulkes

In the early 1840s, Britain was the gambling capital of Europe and the Epsom Derby was attracting countless spectators and many millions of pounds in wagers. It was a time of frenzied speculation, high stakes and low morals. But as the unprincipled Regency era gave way to the high-mindedness of the Victorian period, reformers decided it was time to challenge the murky world of illegal gambling and in 1844, launched the far-reaching Parliamentary Enquiry. When the Derby of the same year ended in chaos, with the two favourite horses doped, the Turf's most dedicated follower and greatest tyrant Lord George Bentinck, took it upon himself to uncover the truth of what happened that day, which led to one of the most sensational court cases of the 19th century.

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'Foulkes tells the murky story with characteristic panache.'
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Fascinating'
CATHOLIC HERALD

'The book not only concerns itself with the Derby ... along the way, there are murky tales of illegal gaming houses, prize fighting, murder, suicide and duelling.'
SOUTH WALES ARGUS

About the Author

Nick Foulkes

Formerly Associate Editor of the EVENING STANDARD's ES magazine, Nicholas Foulkes writes regularly for the FINANCIAL TIMES, COUNTRY LIFE and the MAIL ON SUNDAY's 'Night and Day'.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th May 2011

Author

Nick Foulkes

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Social & cultural history
Horse racing

Gambling: theories & methods

ISBN

9780753824757

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