He was 'THE WICKEDEST MAN ALIVE'.
He went to Oxford University at the age of 12
He slept with his first prostitute at 13
He was an alcoholic by 14
He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18
He was acclaimed a war hero at 19
He died of syphilis at the age of 33
He was English history's first celebrity.
He was John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester: Poet, dandy and libertine.
BLAZING STAR is a compelling portrait of a remarkable and complex man, and of a cultural golden age that often spilled over into depravity.
Head of Zeus * Modern History
03 Jul 2014 * 408pp * £6.99 * 9781781852644
Insightful and illuminating... engagingly partisan and elegantly informative'
'An informative and enlightening biography'
The Sunday Times
'This racy tale is told in scholarly but lively detail by Alex Larman in a beautifully written first book'
'The most comprehensive portrait of Rochester yet'
'Very good, assiduously researched and well written'
Scotland on Sunday
'Challenges the accepted wisdom that has prevailed for centuries that Wilmot was a dastardly blighter in his conduct and a pornographer in his poetry, painting instead a portrait of one of English literature's brightest lights who died, as bright lights do, far too young'
Good Book Guide
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