By Richard Davenport-Hines
Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused photo of a kingdom on the point of social revolution. Britain in 1963 – Harold Macmillan used to be the best Minister of a Conservative govt, devoted to culture, hierarchy and, notably, outdated morality. yet a breakdown of social obstacles observed nightclub hostesses blending with aristocrats, and middle-class pros dabbling in illegal activity. in the meantime, chilly conflict paranoia gripped the general public mind's eye. The Profumo Affair was once an ideal typhoon, and while it broke it rocked the institution. In 'An English Affair', the writer of the critically-acclaimed 'Titainic Lives' Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to lifestyles. the forged of avid gamers contains the time-honored – louche health care provider Stephen Ward, good-time women Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for warfare John Profumo himself. yet we additionally stumble upon the tabloid hacks, estate builders and hangers-on whose roles have, previously, by no means been totally printed. intercourse, medications, type, race, chequebook journalism and the legal underworld – the Profumo Affair had all of it. this can be the tale of ways Sixties England get rid of respectability and fell in love with scandal.
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Athanasius Kircher, p. 305; N. Wilding, ‘“If You Have a Secret, Either Keep it, or Reveal It” ’. ), Great Art, pp. 302–307 (cryptography); F. Englmann, Sphärenharmonie und Mikrokosmos: Das politische Denken des Athansius Kircher (1602–1680), on Kircher’s Principis Christiani Archetypon (1672). C. ’ Of the symposia, Beinlich’s Magie des Wissens has the widest coverage. 33 Subtited: Index Alphabeticus; Index Geographicus. , 11. These two researchers were definitely needed, for Kircher’s correspondence opens up important windows on to the riches of Eastern European scholarship in the seventeenth century.
32 Writing in 1829, Dr K. Wurzer of Marburg informs us that the house ‘wird fortwärhrend allda Kirchers Haus genannt’; see J. ), Buchonia, vol. 4, p. 148. 33 Schannat, Corpus traditionum, p. 353. 10 chapter one At the age of ten, Kircher was sent by his father to the Papal Seminary in Fulda, at that time under the rectorship of Fr Christoph Brouwer, the noted and voluminous historian of Fulda and Trier. This Jesuit academy, which was to grow famous in Germany for the excellence of its teaching and the brilliance of its pupils, opened its doors in 1572.
12 Heppe, Restauration des Katholizismus, pp. 28–36. 13 The seven, that is, that survived; two of Kircher’s elder brothers died in infancy, Vita, p. 469. 14 Letter written by Chigi: II. 33 (Münster, 15 January 1650). 15 His information is distressingly sparse: of Joachim he has no news at all, while Johannes, he writes, is living in seclusion in Austria: ‘Where Joachim went is so far unknown, but I have a vague notion that he is living in Austria’. Two of Kircher’s sisters are known to us. Agnes, who died in 1646,16 married a certain Georg Hagen, a tanner and a Calvinist, of Vacha, a small town some 12 miles north of Geisa.
An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo by Richard Davenport-Hines