The Smart : The True Story of Margaret Caroline Rudd and the Unfortunate Perreau Brothers
Britain was on the verge of war with America, yet foreign affairs were far from the thoughts of Londoners, spellbound by the proceedings of two spectacular trials, one involving a strange pair of twins, and the other an elegant young woman. Caroline Rudd had left Ireland for London where she came to enjoy a glamorous life as a high-class prostitute. Her mesmerizing charisma attracted the identical but opposite Perreau twins one a sober merchant, the other a raffish gambler. Caroline and the twins forged bonds and lived in luxury until everything collapsed like a house of cards and charges of forgery were laid. Meticulously researched, this evocative history brilliantly bridges the gap between aristocracy and underworld, as eighteenth-century society is drawn into the most scandalous financial smart of the age."
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 156 x 234mm | 578g
- 19 Apr 2001
- Vintage Publishing
- CHATTO & WINDUS
- London, United Kingdom
- facsimiles, portraits
A fascinating story in the shady life and scandalous times of Caroline Rudd... gripping reading. "Daily Telegraph" Sarah Bakewell has written a scholarly biography that reads like a detective novel with a historical setting... full of sharp pen-portraits, lively asides and quirky details... every bit as colourful and enjoyable as the title suggests. "Independent" "From the Trade Paperback edition.""
About Sarah Bakewell
Sarah Bakewell is a Curator at the Wellcome Library, London, where she stumbled across this fascinating story. This is her first book.