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A Blackmailer at Frogmore James Travers

A Blackmailer at Frogmore von James Travers

A Blackmailer at Frogmore James Travers

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Explore the compelling story of royal scandal and the power of blackmailing literature in the Regency era.

A Blackmailer at Frogmore Zusammenfassung

A Blackmailer at Frogmore: The Adventures of Queen Caroline's Ghost James Travers

This is the story of Queen Caroline's favourite ghostwriter, the infamous Captain Thomas Ashe, who was also an adventurer and sometime blackmailer. His unpublished novel, The Claustral Palace: or Memoirs of The Family, carried out Caroline's threat to 'blow the roof off the Nunnery', revealing the secret lives and loves of the daughters of King George III in their unmarried confinement at Frogmore, the UK marital home of Harry and Meghan (for a short time). A blackmailing synopsis was circulated to members of the royal family. It was then stolen by government agents and preserved by the Treasury Solicitor. James Travers describes for the first time the significance of this novel, its author, and his relationship with Caroline, the estranged wife of George IV, and with the government of Spencer Perceval, whose untimely death the author predicted. Did Perceval himself blackmail his way to power? The novel itself is a never-before-seen gothic bodice-ripper about the royal princesses and their clandestine lovers at Frogmore, based on Caroline's own confidences gained from Princess Elizabeth. Later encouraged by shadowy figures allied to the Irish statesman Daniel O'Connell, Captain Ashe blackmailed and threatened the life of the Duke of Cumberland and preoccupied the cabinet meetings of the Duke of Wellington.

Über James Travers

An Oxford University graduate and post-graduate in English Language and Literature, James Travers specialises in finding hidden histories in unpublished sources at The National Archives in Kew, London, where he works as Cultural Property Manager. James is the author of Gunpowder: The Players Behind The Plot (National Archives, 2005), James I: The Masque of Monarchy (National Archives, 2003), and for Amberley, The Gunpowder Plot: Terror in Shakespeare's England (2019). James Travers regularly engages in media work within his field of expertise.

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A Blackmailer at Frogmore: The Adventures of Queen Caroline's Ghost James Travers
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