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The Hellfire Clubs Sex Satanism and Secret Societies The Hell Fire Clubs scandalized eighteenth century English society Rumors of their orgies recruitment of prostitutes extensive libraries of erotica extreme rituals and initiation ceremonies circul

  • Title: The Hellfire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies
  • Author: Evelyn Lord
  • ISBN: 9780300116670
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Hellfire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies By Evelyn Lord, The Hell Fire Clubs scandalized eighteenth century English society Rumors of their orgies, recruitment of prostitutes, extensive libraries of erotica, extreme rituals, and initiation ceremonies circulated widely at the time, only to become sensational as generations passed This thoroughly researched book sets aside the exaggerated gossip about the secret Hell Fire CThe Hell Fire Clubs scandalized eighteenth century English society Rumors of their orgies, recruitment of prostitutes, extensive libraries of erotica, extreme rituals, and initiation ceremonies circulated widely at the time, only to become sensational as generations passed This thoroughly researched book sets aside the exaggerated gossip about the secret Hell Fire Clubs and brings to light the first accurate portrait of their membership including John Wilkes, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Prince of Wales , beliefs, activities, and the reasons for their proliferation, first in the British Isles and later in America, possibly under the auspices of Benjamin Franklin.Hell Fire Clubs operated under a variety of titles, but all attracted similar members mainly upper class men with abundant leisure and the desire to shock society The book explores the social and economic context in which the clubs emerged and flourished their various phases, which first involved violence as an assertion of masculinity, then religious blasphemy, and later sexual indulgence and the countermovement that eventually suppressed them Uncovering the facts behind the Hell Fire legends, this book also opens a window on the rich contradictions of the Enlightenment period.

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    1. Despite the somewhat abrupt start and ending to the narrative, this is a fairly solid, evidence based history of trangressive male clubs with a side view at moral majority reactions to the media coverage of the day and to very real disorder in the streets in eighteenth century North Atlantic culture.Unfortunately, the determination of Evelyn Lord not to speculate beyond the available evidence is limiting The organisations being studied actually very disparate in nature are, by definition, secret [...]

    2. Most boring book about sex and Satanism ever I guess I wanted to read it for the salacious details and unfortunately, the author announces her academic goal of separating the truth from juicy gossip Juicy gossip was the whole reason I was interested in this book, so I m probably not the target audience.

    3. On researching my favorite founding father, Ben Franklin, I found that it was rud that he had attended a Hellfire Club Intrigued, I decided to find out about these secret organizations This book goes into great detail about them, much is mere speculation as they were secret organizations Most of them were domains of the wealthy and despite the rumors, were mainly places to relax, act and dress silly , tell bawdy stories and of course, get drunk Although, there are some confirmed accounts of row [...]

    4. This is the least salacious book about Hell Fire Clubs you ll ever read What I wanted the sensational books make me think I m reading something by Tipper Gore It s an odd one the author works hard to put the clubs in context, and by doing so provides a course on remedial 18th century history, mainly repeating a few bits over and over The details on the clubs are scanty not surprising since they were secret clubs and there are few records and so the book is a mishmash of the history of clubs and [...]

    5. Picked this up expecting that the book would 1 establish that these kinds of clubs didn t really exist in the fashion portrayed in the popular imaginary, 2 run through the actually existing models, and 3 riff on exactly how the popular imaginary did in fact construct the penny dreadful version of the clubs Sadly, while I got 1 , the discussion of 2 was fairly sketchy and fragmented, and 3 was barely there at all The result is that the book doesn t really justify its own existence there s really [...]

    6. This is my first full on history book I picked up to read , and that too on an esoteric and frankly, titillating topic The interest in Secret societies has pervasively increased , which earlier belonged to strait jacketed esoterica , after reading Dan Brown s Robert Langdon series Coming to the book , Dashwood does a clean job of it by transparently sifting the fact from the propaganda , which is the first thing one would look for in such a topic The effects of such underground societies of whic [...]

    7. Very readable and thorough, if not especially deep, book about the men s clubs in English speaking upper class society in the 18th Century, with a focus on those that secretly celebrated blasphemy and sexual deviance There is not a lot of historical context only because to provide it woudl require a 1200 page history of the period, or something, and the sources are thin enough and unreliable enough that much of the information is spotty Even so, Lord does a wonderful job of weaving it all into a [...]

    8. not an iota as racy as the title suggests but that doesn t really matter as it had lots of interesting facts on the hellfire clubs itself it was a bit thin on the ground as there seemingly are no proper i.e trustworthy sources but reports from outsiders or vengeful ex members which leaves most things up to speculation the main picture painted is one of a club of men who liked to drink, gamble and cause general mischief much like the gangs of today but in its heyday a lot of it on the richer side [...]

    9. The Hell Fire Clubs is another book I zoomed through it was difficult to put down Lord s research was extensive and her writing was compelling My only criticism was that there was a chapter that could have been omitted which had mini biographies of notable members of The Friars of Medmenham Since they had already been introduced to readers the chapter came off as filler, which I think is unnecessary Otherwise, the book is packed with great facts and stories of these nefarious men and their socia [...]

    10. I was looking for something fulfilling but a little trashy to read during the end of the semester this turned out to be a little dry, and, as it went on, somewhat sloppily structured However, there s enough salacious detail and meaty archive work that it succeeded in taking my mind off Agamben and Schmitt for a few hours Lord s thesis is also so compellingly anti climactic that it s worth just seeing how unspectacular her findings are there s something kind of thrilling about the totality of the [...]

    11. You might think it would be impossible to make a book on this topic, with this title, into a boring read.You would be wrong.A wealth of historical detail, so I m glad I read it, but the author clearly didn t want to be writing about the actual topic, and does her best to talk about everything around the clubs rather than the clubs themselves I get the impression she was writing on this topic to satisfy an agent or publisher, and found the whole thing a bit sordid and or low class for her tastes. [...]

    12. The book flap lied or, rather, it grossly exaggerated what is easily one of the most boring history books I ve ever read This is a poorly organized and written mess that criticizes other authors who have made conjectures about what these clubs did only to do the same thing At the end of the day, these clubs come off as early precursors to frats at American colleges and nothing What kept me reading other than the relatively short length is that the author a decent amount of research, which I enj [...]

    13. Sadly there is not much in the way of historical insight in this book It gives the available information, which isn t very much, and then there is a lot of padding I don t know if there s a better book out there, though.

    14. i m convinced this book only has the word sex on the cover in order to sell the author goes to great, boring, tedious lengths to debunk all sorts of fun myths about secret societies i couldn t be bothered to read the last chapter names and dates makes for poor history reading blaaah.

    15. I got this book while visiting the actual hellfire caves in Wycombe Once I started I couldn t put it down It s a really interesting book into the history s of hellfire clubs if your into your history I highly recommend this book.

    16. I d have given it four if it hadn t fallen into a bit of name slinging about other experts in the field

    17. This book describes the help fire clubs in a historical context rather than the blasphemous, sex crazed madmen that we have come to know them by.

    18. A solid examination on what little evidence remains of the Hell fire Clubs and their ilk Lord does end the book abruptly, however, and those hoping for salacious orgies should look elsewhere.

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