Throughout the ages, British culture has been obsessed with scandal.
Be it an MP's extra-marital affair, a rock star's arrest on drug charges, a sensational fraud or serial killing, there is a fascination attached to the public disgrace of a seemingly 'respectable' or exemplary figure.
The press and media have always delighted in such stories; cartoonists have immortalized them; and they are staples of coffee-time gossip.
Although times have changed, arguably the scandals haven't all that much.
Royalty has always had more than its fair share of lascivious phenomena, from Henry VIII and his checkered marital life to the bizarre saga of the Prince and Princess of Wales and her untimely death. "Scandalous Britain" celebrates the people and places that have gained infamy over the centuries.
Each of the nine chapters focuses on a different genre of 'scandal', from vice-ridden vicars to wild women.
It covers well-known scandals and many lesser-known ones.
Tom Quinn explores the stories that have spiced up the nation's history, with historical background, anecdotes and vibrant images.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages, 16 pages of colour and black & white illustrations
- Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2005
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9781843309673