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The Hell Fire Club

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  135 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The compelling story of the rise and fall of a shocking secret society. In the ruined abbeys and elaborately decorated caves of England, the notorious Hellfire Club help meetings that shocked and terrified the countryside. London madams scoured the city for young girls to supply the club. Rakes flocked to meetings. Yet it was typical of late eighteenth century England that ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by iBooks
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Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
This is a historical book. I didn't enjoy this book even for a moment.

The book tells of a secret society in England known as the hell fire club. Most of the members were aristocrats, includibg tge novelist Laurence Stern, author of Tristan Shandy. This is wbat is alleged in the book.

The Organisation practiced black magic, they also conducted sexual orgies in tbe club. The members rangedy from politicians, poets, novelists etc.

They members were divided into two, the superior members and the inf
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Stephen McQuiggan
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1984
The true story of wealth and privilege at its most debauched; the kind of tale the word 'rollicking' was coined for. Orgies, black masses, an underground lair that most Bond villains would sell their cats for, and a wit worthy of Wilde. It also paints the War Of Independence in a sinister new light. A lot on the Gordon riots and the political upheaval of the times - but unfortunately, most of what actually happened during their services has been forever lost; secretary, Paul Whitehead burning th ...more
kate
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, nonfiction, 2013, meh
This is some silly pop-history, but I still enjoyed reading it. Is it accurate? Who knows. There's no way to check because there are no foot/endnotes or bibliographical references. It doesn't really matter though, because it's entertaining to read about the terrible things that aristocrats did to people in the 18th century. They really didn't give two shits about the part of the population that was worth less than 10,000 pounds a year. If that meant abducting young women newly arrived in London, ...more
Charlie
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Provided me with a bunch of information. It was interesting, a quick read, but informative. Not sure how much has been fact checked or confirmed, but the material gave me some helpful leads to follow and further research.
Bruce Blanchard
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Research and Intriguing Book

The Hellfire Club is/was one of those topics that people like myself have wanted to know about. This was a time when the nobility held a position that could hardly be touched by the common man. They could get by with so many atrocities and they did. The ranks of The Hellfire Club included those high up in the government influencing the politics of its time. They deflowered a large number of young women under the mantle of immorality. The Marquis Dr Safe would hav
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Steve Satran
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not the sort of thing I normally read, but an aquaintance loaned it to me so I gave it a shot. I didn't hate it, but I'm not in any hurry to read it again, either. Bawdy to the point of being soft-core pornography, it's ribald take on 18th century Britain is disturbing in it's nonchalant sexism. Apparently the book is historical, but the complete lack of footnotes, bibliography or documentation of any type leaves me sceptical. The cover proclaims it "the underground classic." Apparently "classic ...more
Robert
Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Floyd, Nelson
Learn about the roots of the American Revolution in this very interesting history book. Learn how a few sexual deviants shaped the modern world as we know it. Learn about key members of the Hell Fire Club including Benjamin Franklin. Learn how the political break up of the club influenced American colonists to break away from the British. Quick, interesting read especially if you are interested in learning the history you were never taught in school.
Xio
May 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: booksfrommy20s
Oh heavens I completely forgot about this book! I believe my reaction to it at the time I read it was a shock of identification though in a sense very me-specific. I adore the function of play in the world so very much. However I feel that investing time into preserving what you despise by enshrining it inside yourself via obsessive thought no matter how deeply rooted and supposedly unconscious or whatever probably serves against one's aims.

Well, now I'm just writing. oops
Signor Mambrino
I really enjoyed reading this book but I found it hard to discern how much of it comes from reliable sources and how much of it comes from hearsay or imagination. Mannix isn't very clear on where he gets all of his information. Still though, an entertaining read.
Callum Dickson
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like occult shit and sleazy 19th century gentlemen? Read this book because that's the only reason you'd need to.
Stephanie Chadwick
Jan 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Couldn't get into it, and a lot of it seems like complete bullshit, due to no references or bibliography.
Tim Avers
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Mortifying. It's as though we had no idea what bodily fluids the powerful were swapping behind closed doors.
Sarah
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it
If you are into psud-masochism, this is your book...not sadomasochism, sorry some of you. An quirky look back at some naughty boys who have great power in Great Britain historically.
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Daniel Pratt Mannix IV was best known as an American author and journalist. His life was remarkably different from other writers of his generation. His career included times as a side show performer, magician, trainer of eagles and film maker.

The Grest Zadma was a stage name Mannix used as a magician. He also entertained as a sword swallower and fire eater in a traveling carnival sideshow. Magazi
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