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The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking

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One day in November 1958, the celebrated historian Hugh Trevor-Roper received a curious letter. It was an appeal for help, written on behalf of a student at Magdalene College, with the unlikely claim that he was being persecuted by the Bishop of Oxford. Curiosity piqued, Trevor-Roper agreed to a meeting. It was to be his first encounter with Robert Parkin Peters: plagiaris ...more
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Published May 9th 2019 by Profile Books Ltd
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For those of us who are shame-faced and rather inadequate liars, it's rather fun to meet someone who is utterly unabashed in claiming degrees and references he never had, ecclesiastical patrons who had never heard of him (or even worse, had) and wives, possibly eight, when he had the small inconvenience of an existing marriage. The story of Robert Peters is that of a con man not out for money but status to which he felt entitled - hard not to see him as a narcissistic fantastist, forever splutte ...more
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Adam Sisman is the author of various biographies, all well received by critics.

His first book, published in 1994, was a life of Trevor-Roper's colleague and rival, A.J.P. Taylor. In 2006, Sisman published a much-admired study of the friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge. He has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography