The Devil In Disguise

Author: Mark Knights
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191624977
Size: 62.62 MB
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And in 1728, a few days after Spencer's death, a ballad by Charles Beckingham
revived the story, depicting Sarah as a betrayed mistress spurned by a cold-
hearted rake, Lothario.40 A verse riposte reasserted the allegations of suicide
and conspiracy.41 Spencer's trial and the collapse of the Cowpers' power in
Hertford were not the end of the family's and town's divisions and debates. The
rest of the book will track two more trials. The first, at which Spencer Cowper was
now ...