The Professor and the Parson

Author: Adam Sisman

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 178283530X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 231

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Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 'I embarrassed myself by uncontrollable guffaws ... This is a truly wonderful story' A. N. Wilson, Spectator 'A white-knuckle roller-coaster ride of fibs and frauds' Sunday Telegraph 'An utterly mad, and wholly delightful story of chicanery and fantasy' Simon Winchester 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 Magdalen 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: plagiarist, bigamist, fraudulent priest and imposter extraordinaire. The Professor and the Parson traces the strange career of one of Britain's most eccentric criminals. Motivated not by money but by a desire for prestige, Peters' lied, stole and cheated his way to academic positions and religious posts from Cambridge to New York, Singapore and South Africa. Frequently deported, and even more frequently discovered, his trail of destruction included seven marriages (three of which were bigamous), an investigation by the FBI and a disastrous appearance on Mastermind. Based on Trevor-Roper's own detailed 'file on Peters', The Professor and the Parson is a witty and charming account of eccentricity, extraordinary narcissism and a life as wild and unlikely as any in fiction.

The Parsons' Son

Author: Dr. John Mark Carter

Publisher: Book Venture Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1946250384

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 4913


Against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the heinous murder of an innocent child is woven into the imminent upcoming Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, on January 19, 1862.

Puck

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American wit and humor

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The Life and Times of Missouri's Charles Parsons

Author: John Launius

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439669074

Category: Art

Page: 208

View: 5572


Charles Parsons is one of St. Louis's and the nation's most influential yet little-known figures. He was instrumental to the Union cause as a Civil War quartermaster and advisor to generals, politicians and presidents alike. As a world-traveling art connoisseur, he helped found the first art museum west of the Mississippi, to which he donated his remarkable collection of American, European and Asian art. To this day, his philanthropic work and dedication to education live on in some of the country's grandest institutions. Author John Launius tells the full story for the first time, from business failures in a riverside boomtown to national renown.

The Arena

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: N.A

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