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‘The wildest and most fantastical odd man alive’
Susan Cooper-Bridgewater explores the life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, in Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue, a gripping novel that weaves together fact and fiction
It characterises the life of this infamous and fantastical man, and those of his meritorious wife and beloved children, his friends, and his enemies. It also portrays his romantic infatuation and adoration for his mistress, the celebrated actress Mrs. Elizabeth Barry. His story reveals his associations with all ranks of people and all manner of places and buildings, including London, the idyllic Cotswolds of his birth, Dorset and Somerset. Many of the locations in his story are still evident today, wherein his extraordinary spirit lives on.
“This story began for me in 2006 when, allied to a long passion for all things 17th century, I began to focus my research on John Wilmot. His unique character fascinated me from the start and his own inventiveness inspired me to mine, and so culminated in this novel,” says author Susan, on her motivation to write the book. She has already built up a huge demand for Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue by publishing some chapters of the book on Wattpad – which have had over 30,000 hits.
“Rochester has always seemed to stay the ‘oddest, most fantastical man alive’, as he described himself. Susan has unearthed obscure and important details about his life with scholarly diligence. Now, in this imaginative recreation of Rochester's inmost thoughts and feelings, she delves even deeper.” - J.W. Johnson
Susan Cooper-Bridgewater has, for many years, held a curiosity for England’s history, with particular emphasis on the Restoration period. Her enthusiasm has led her to scholarly research of those times, resulting in some of her works being published in 2011 and 2013 volumes of Oxford University Press Notes and Queries Journal. Sue also has unpublished pieces archived in Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, Magdalene College in Cambridge and in the Library Catalogue of Trinity College in Cambridge.
PUBLICATION DATE 28th FEBRUARY 2014
eISBN: 9781783067312 Price: £4.99