Love and Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich

Harper Collins, 28/12/2004 - 256 páginas
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On a spring evening in 1779, as she emerged from London's Covent Garden Theatre, a beautiful young woman was shot in the head at point-blank range by a man in a black suit. The brutal murder was even more shocking because of the victim's identity -- she was Martha Ray, live-in mistress to the Earl of Sandwich and devotee of the arts. The man accused of her murder was none other than James Hackman, a respected Anglican minister and Ray's former lover. The aftermath of the crime created an uproar in London high society, as aristocrats debated Hackman's motives. Had he intended to commit suicide, as he later claimed, but, in a moment of weakness, turned his gun on Ray instead? This riveting tale of a crime of passion re-creates the slaying and the clergyman's trial, which was the unrivaled media sensation of its time.


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This book highlights the eighteenth-century murder of an earl's mistress and the maddening love which led to it. The author delves into the lives of Martha Ray, the Earl of Sandwich, and Martha's ... Ler crítica na íntegra

LOVE & MADNESS: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich

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A stirring account of a crime of passion that was a tabloid sensation in mad King George's London.The antiquarian story is rather less sensational now. Leading players include the Earl of Sandwich ... Ler crítica na íntegra


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Página 128 - It having been argued that this was an improvement.—" No, sir, (said he, eagerly), it is not an improvement: they object, that the old method drew together a number of spectators. Sir, executions are intended to draw spectators. If they do not draw spectators, they don't answer their purpose. The old method was most satisfactory to all parties; the publick was gratified by a procession; the criminal was supported by it. Why is all this to be swept away ?
Página 120 - I love thee so, that I could sooner bear to see thee hanged than in the arms of another.
Página 179 - He hadna been awa' a week but only twa, When my father brak his arm, and the cow was stown awa; My mother she fell sick, and my Jamie at the sea — And auld Robin Gray came a'courtin' me. My father couldna work, and my mother couldna spin; I toil'd day and night, but their bread I couldna win: Auld Rob maintain'd them baith, and wi' tears in his e'e Said, Jennie, for their sakes, O, marry me!
Página 128 - The age is running mad after innovation ; all the business of the world is to be done in a new way; men are to be hanged in a new way; Tyburn itself is not safe from the fury of innovation'.
Página 134 - The next time Mr. Selwyn calls, show him up. If I am alive, I shall be delighted to see him ; and if I am dead, he will be glad to see me.
Página 11 - God, when they are sold, and all other matters collected, there will be nearly enough to settle our account. May Almighty God bless you and yours with comfort and happiness; and may you ever be a stranger to the pangs I now feel. May heaven protect my beloved woman, and forgive this act, which alone could relieve me from a world of misery I have long endured. Oh! if it should ever be in your power to do her any act of friendship, remember your faithful friend, J.
Página 202 - When the carriage was announced, and she was adjusting her dress, Mrs. Lewis happened to make some remark on a beautiful rose which Miss Ray wore in her bosom. Just as the words were uttered, the flower fell to the ground. She immediately stooped to regain it ; but as she picked it up, the red leaves scattered themselves on the carpet, and the stalk alone remained in her hands.
Página 99 - If there be a total permanent want of reason, it will acquit the prisoner. If there be a total temporary want of it, when the offence was committed, it will acquit the prisoner. But if there...

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Martin Levy is a respected historical researcher who has written for the Oxford University Press. He makes his home in England.

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