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The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain

The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain By Nicola Phillips The Profligate Son Or A True Story of Family Conflict Fashionable Vice and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain A profligate son was every Georgian parent s worst nightmare To his father William Jackson s imprudent spending incessant partying and sexual adventures were a sure sign he was on the slippery slop

  • Title: The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain
  • Author: Nicola Phillips
  • ISBN: 9780465008926
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain By Nicola Phillips A profligate son was every Georgian parent s worst nightmare To his father, William Jackson s imprudent spending, incessant partying, and sexual adventures were a sure sign he was on the slippery slope to ruin But to his friends, William was a damned good fellow, a charming, impeccably dressed young gentleman with enviable seductive skills who was willing to defend hisA profligate son was every Georgian parent s worst nightmare To his father, William Jackson s imprudent spending, incessant partying, and sexual adventures were a sure sign he was on the slippery slope to ruin But to his friends, William was a damned good fellow, a charming, impeccably dressed young gentleman with enviable seductive skills who was willing to defend his honor in duels Mr Jackson and his son viewed each other across a generational gap that neither could bridge, and their flawed relationship had catastrophic consequences for their family.In The Profligate Son, historian Nicola Phillips hauntingly reconstructs this family tragedy from a recently discovered trove of letters and court documents After Mr Jackson s acquisition of a fortune during his service for the East India Company in Madras was undermined by false accusations that ruined his career, he invested all his future ambitions in his only son William grew up in great comfort and was sent to the best schools in the country But when the family moved to London, the teenager rebelled against the loneliness and often brutal regimes of public schooling and escaped to explore the pleasures of the town with his wealthy friends His attempts to impress his peers led him into disastrous levels of debt that resulted in his imprisonment and ever illegal efforts to satisfy his creditors, which appalled his prudent, sternly moralistic father Mr Jackson decided that the only way to combat his son s wayward behavior was to completely cut him off In doing so, he condemned William to repeated imprisonment and a perilous voyage to an Australian penal colony In Sydney William sought to rebuild his life with a family of his own, but even there his father s legacy brought further tragedy.A masterpiece of literary nonfiction as dramatic as any Dickens novel, The Profligate Son transports readers from the steamy streets of India and the elegant squares and seedy brothels of London to the sunbaked shores of Australia, tracing the arc of a life long buried in history.
    The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain By Nicola Phillips

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    1. Karen on said:

      An incredibly well researched historical account of a young man in Regency England who grew up in privilege but slid into debt, depravity, crime, and eventually the penal colony in Australia One review I read said the book made the reader want to shake William and I had to agree Nowadays, he d probably be diagnosed with narcissistic or borderline personality disorder He seemed to have no ability to understand that his actions brought about consequences, with an attitude of Well, yes, I bought ei [...]

    2. Anne Morgan on said:

      During the late eighteenth early nineteenth century English society began to change from what we today call Georgian society to Regency society It was a time of change in many ways economic, social, sexual, and cultural and this change often came in the form of a cultural gap between parents and children Fortunately, many people kept excellent diaries, journals, as well as all their letters, allowing us today to dig into the emotional turmoil these changing times could produce The Profligate Son [...]

    3. Éowyn on said:

      There s plenty of letters and journals preserved regarding royalty, aristocrats and other rich and famous people but less about ordinary people OK, so most of ancestors would have been peasants yeomen who would have been unlikely to be able to read, but every so often something does turn up which throws some light on our understanding of what we might consider to be ordinary people The Paston letters are one famous example and the story presented in the book is another discovery along the same [...]

    4. Brenda Clough on said:

      An excellent view into the period and its laws and expectations Alas The actual subject, a boy rapidly going to the bad in spite of all the efforts of his family, is by no means unheard of in modern times Take away the gin and the check forgery, and substitute in crack and credit card fraud, and you can read the story in your local paper.A must read for anyone who s writing Regency fiction.

    5. Adrian Tinniswood on said:

      Love this A Rake s Progress for Regency England And a splendid portrayal of the seamy side.

    6. Tim Evanson on said:

      This book is a nonfiction work which uses a case study about Regency Period nouveau riche Englishman William Jackson and his self entitled nasty son, William Cameron Burke Jackson, to gain insight into the worlds of finance, credit, and crime.The Regency 1811 to 1820 was a period of immense transitional change in Great Britain It was recovering from the loss of the American colonies, it had largely finished the Napoleonic wars on the Continent, and the economy was rapidly turning away from merca [...]

    7. Jill Meyer on said:

      Do you think YOU have problems with a wild teenage son or a disobedient daughter Is a lot of your money going to lawyers to keep your kids out of trouble and pay off the debts they ve acquired using unscrupulous means Has your credit rating bottomed out Well, as odious as all that is today, the same familial crises were occurring hundreds of years ago and British author Nicola Phillips tells the story of one such family in her new book, The Profligate Son Or a True story of Family Conflict, Fash [...]

    8. Diane on said:

      This is a biography of sorts that examines the conflict and relationship between an early 19th century father and son The father is a man who has a strong and firm worth ethic, having made some money in the East India Company but who has left under a cloud of some scandal He didn t make his fortune due to his own ethics like many but he did well enough but attributes it to honesty and hard work Apparently his son didn t get the message His schooling from about the age of 14 becomes difficult He [...]

    9. Robyn Smith on said:

      I liked this book immensely for the background it provided into the true state of class and conventions in Regency England Nicola Phillips had obviously researched the whole era well, and, particularly, the Jackson family, of whom the son, William, was the subject of the book.Although tales of debauchery and riotous living abound of this era, it was still a shock as Phillips laid out in gruesome detail the events and behavior of each succeeding phase of William s life, from his expulsions from [...]

    10. Shelley on said:

      I picked this up at Powell s a few days ago on a whim remaindered, although I had to climb up on a big ladder to get to the overstock to find it vs the full price copy and read it in a day William Jackson is the template for a would be Regency rake, except he doesn t have his father s hard earned money from working at the East India Company His father, very much middle class, disapproves of his only son and would could blame him He cheats, lies, and steals he consorts with prostitutes and runs a [...]

    11. Tracey on said:

      This was really interesting William, the son of the title, is a disaster you just want to shake him His family s dynamics in general were pretty bad But there s a lot of good stuff about the British judicial and penal systems of the day The last part of the book concerns transportation to Australia, with information about how that system worked and what it was like for the convicts once they got there.

    12. Sarah Wagner on said:

      A very readable account of a young man s descent into vice and scandal, causing his family to disown him and his eventual transportation to Australia as a criminal While presenting a story not entirely uncommon in Regency Britain, the author really hits her mark in the conclusion, when she draws the parallels between the Regency era and our era with our reliance on credit, living beyond our means, and the indebtedness of young people in society Fascinating.

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