A Swindler's Progress: Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty
In May 1835 in a Sydney courtroom, a slight, balding man named John Dow stood charged with forgery. The prisoner shocked the room by claiming he was Edward, Viscount Lascelles, eldest son of the powerful Earl of Harewood. The Crown alleged he was a confidence trickster and serial impostor. Was this really the heir to one of Britain's most spectacular fortunes?
The traces story the fame and fortune of the Lascelles family, their links to the politics and personalities of the time. The eldest son and heir appears to be missing and a convict swindler in Tasmania states he is the missing heir.
A thoroughly researched tale showing how rogues could pass themselv ...more