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The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Chosen by The Times (London) as Book of the Week, and by BBC History Magazine as Book of the Month, The Angel and the Cad is the true story of Britain's first celebrity couple.

At the age of sixteen, Catherine Tylney Long became the wealthiest heiress in England, and the public found their 'angel'. Witty, wealthy and beautiful, Catherine was the most eligible of young ladie
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published June 18th 2015 by Macmillan
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is set within the Regency Period; which is usually defined as the period after the French Revolution to the eve of the Reform Act (1811 – 1830). This was a time of conflict, and, with the Napoleonic wars making Grand Tours unfeasible for the wealthy, English Society looked inward. It was also a time of extremes, with a huge gulf between rich and poor. Only two per cent of adults (adult males that is) had the power to vote. The ‘Angel’ of this book, Catherine Tylney Long, was one of the ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Tylney Long inherited a fortune at a very young age. She was pretty and well behaved as well as being highly intelligent and determined underneath her calm and gentle exterior. She captivated society and the newspapers when she made her come out into Regency society, even capturing the attentions of the Duke of Clarence to the extent that he proposed marriage.

Catherine's family tried to persuade her to accept the Duke's proposal but Catherine had fallen in love with William Wellesley P
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Something I would never have thought to have picked up, but enjoyable and scandalous historical biography! All local areas in Epping Forest too.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the early 19th century the richest young woman in England married for love. This was a huge mistake because he was a bit of a bounder who spent all her money and slept with anything with two legs. At first they were seen as the ultimate celebrity couple because of her money and sweet temperament and his good looks. They set trends that we still use today such as the white wedding and black tie events. But then things went sour because he was a numpty who thought he could do whatever he liked ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Docudrama about a fabulously wealthy Regency-era English heiress who picked the wrong suitor, which eventually led to a landmark court case on child custody (previously exclusively paternal). If you wrote this as a novel, people would complain you were being too dramatic! Interesting to see some things we think of as modern phenomena (like creepy stalker-dudes) were already there in exactly the same way in the 1810s. It was surprising to see the "it's a small world" effect of all the ...more
DNF because the subject matter was too unpleasant for the kind of mood I was in. The low rating, however, is for the writing style, which irritated me by trying to make things sentimental and novel-ish. It begins with a very thrilleresque vignette of Catharine Tylney Long fleeing her house from a rampaging madman with her daughter in her arms...and then the next chapter is all about how her grand-uncle made his money. The writer also often writes directly about Catharine's intimate feelings, wit ...more
Penny Hampson
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well researched book about two fascinating real people, one an absolute bounder and the other his loving long-suffering wife. This was a compelling story about their life. The general writing style is engaging and fluid, marred only by the author's occasional flights of melodrama. At times it read like a novel, with the author purporting to know Catherine Tylney's innermost thoughts and this did tend to jar with me.
Despite this criticism, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in th
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book at a charity shop as was enchanted by its cover and looked like a fantastic story. Upon starting to read the book I realised it wasn’t fiction but a historical recounting of Catherine Tylney Long’s life. I am not a non-fiction reader, however this book kept me captivated until the very end. A wonderfully and superbly written book. I will definitely be keeping it in my collection.
Jill Meyer
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
British author Geraldine Roberts, in her book, "The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England", gives the story and repercussions of a marriage-from-hell. The man in the tale, William Wellesley Pole, the nephew of the Duke of Wellington, was a rotten person in every part of his life and was married to one of England's cherished heiresses, Catherine Tylney Long. Roberts' book dissects both families; their wealth, positions in society, and family ties. She also looks at the lega ...more
Simon T Pattinson
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was recommended this book by a friend. When I started the book I struggled with the book being written in the third person and I missed the total immersion I can usually feel with a well written book.

After a while I couldn't put the week down the research that must have gone in to this book must have taken years. I loved the details and the story is very interesting

My advice to anyone attempting this book is perseverance. It is a very interesting story. Well written and I am so dis
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The low rating is only because the Cad, William Wellesley is just so unpleasent that I didn't want to spend any time with him and his behaviour just got boring. I am fairly certain he would be diagnosed as having narissicm today.

Without him or perhaps if he was described slightly more nuanced, I might have not skipped about 1/2. The rest of the story was fascinating especially the court case in the end to get the children made Wards of Court and just how important that case was. That was fascina
Johannah Browne
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Could not put it down. William certainly is a cad and the more I read about the way he treated Catherine the more enraged I became at the injustice of the legal system. Living so close to Wanstead myself it is a tragedy to have lost such a magnificent house to such greed. I personally know the author Geraldine Roberts and cannot wait for her next book. I feel that this book as been very well written and applaud her as a great author. Well done Gerry x
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The first half of the book read like a laundry list. The second half was better. I enjoyed reading about the drama that William's affair caused, and I appreciate the depth of research that went into the book, but I can't say I enjoyed it overall.

Three stars for the quality research and for the courtroom drama in the second half of the book.
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Geraldine Roberts lives in East London. In 2010, she decided to follow her life-long passion for history and attained an MA (with distinction) from Queen Mary University of London.

Selected by The Times (London) as book of the week, and BBC History as their Book of the Month, The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England is the true story of a high society scandal that gripped t

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