tue24nov6:30 pmOnline Lecture: Wanstead House - The Angel and the CadOnline Lecture by Geraldine Roberts 6:30 pm Book now

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Geraldine Roberts joins us to discuss the story behind her critically acclaimed book, The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency Britain. It tells the fascinating true story of Catherine & William Long Wellesley, who were Britain’s first ever celebrity couple and the last owners of Wanstead House, the magnificent Palladian mansion built 1715-22 for Richard Child and demolished only a hundred years later. The Regency public were fascinated by Catherine and William because they were rich, glamorous and exciting. They kept the nation enthralled for two decades as the shocking twists and turns of their lives played out in the press – there was bankruptcy, exile and a scandalous court case that set a new precedent in English law.

Geraldine Roberts grew up in East London and worked in a bank for many years before pursuing her ambition as an historian and writer. In 2010, she obtained an MA in History (with distinction) at Queen Mary University of London. She is currently working on her second book. Her first book, The Angel and the Cad, was published by Macmillan in 2015 and received glowing reviews in the national press. It was book of the week in The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mirror, as well as book of the month in BBC History Magazine and Saga Magazine, demonstrating its wide appeal. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at a special reduced rate on the evening.

The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.

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