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The Queen's Chameleon By Joy Hancox

The Queen's Chameleon
by Joy Hancox

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John Byrom (1691-1763) was an enigma, a playboy, philosopher, poet and possibly spy. On the one hand a pillar of the establishment, Byrom was also an active and secret Jacobite who conducted a wild affair with Queen Caroline. This book looks at his life and loyalties.
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The Queen's Chameleon: Life of John Byrom - A Study in Conflicting Loyalties by Joy Hancox

John Byrom (1691-1763) was an enigma, a playboy, a philosopher, a poet and possibly a spy. On the one hand a pillar of the Establishment Byrom was also an active and secret Jacobite who conducted a wild affair with Queen Caroline. At least one of Byrom's close associates went to the gallows to protect his good name in high society while George II, unaware of the traitor at the gate, granted him by Act of Parliament a monopoly license top teach his new system of phonetic shorthand to leading political and social figures who might have caused to conceal their communications. Not content with being a member of the Royal society with Isaac Newton as well as the Freemasons. Byrom formed a secret society known as the Cabala Club through which he amassed a collection of mystical drawing and architectural designs in his search for a new model of the universe. Through the poems he published in the leading journals of the day he planted oblique references to his seditious ideas and yet he survived again and again, returning to the bosom of his loving family, tormented in his later years by the trail of duplicity he had left in his quest for a more just and honest mode of thought than the prevailing Hanovarian mores.

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About Joy Hancox


Joy Hancox, an Associate of the Royal College of Music, gave up her work in education to complete her research into the work of John Byrom. Her first book, The Byrom Collection, tells how she discovered the 516 remarkable architictrual and atheatical drawings which Byrom once held in the cherished posession of the Cabala Club which he formed in London in 1725. Among them were the original plans for the first Globe theatre, the Rose and five other Elizabethan playhouses. The book was highly praised as a work of scholarly detection.

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GOR002643569
The Queen's Chameleon: Life of John Byrom - A Study in Conflicting Loyalties by Joy Hancox
Joy Hancox
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
1994-03-27
288
0224030477
9780224030472
N/A
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