A Secret Between Gentlemen: Suspects, Strays, and Guests is the second volume in this biographical trilogy.

It seeks to fill a large gap in the account – the names and histories of the other gentlemen involved in Lord Battersea’s scandal.

Detailed within are the life stories of thirty-nine suspects, both prominent and obscure, who are known to have been friends or associates of Lord Battersea.

Also included is material relevant to the background of the Scandal, including a transcript of The Pleasaunce Visitors Book.

For anyone with a fascination for the story, this 600 page volume, including 50 pages of photographs, provides additional illuminating context for that once-hidden story of 1902, and the lives it changed forever.

The Contents…


• Viscount Esher • The Earl of Rosebery • Alfred de Rothschild • The Duke of Argyll • Quintin Hogg • Lord Ronald Gower • Hugh Weguelin • Albert Stopford • Geoffry Wheatly Cobb • Ernest Crawley • Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Collins • Sir Robert Collins • The Hon. Spencer Lyttelton • Arthur Brown • Sir Alexander Hood, the Duke of Bronte • The Earl of Euston • The Hon. Alexander Yorke • Sir Donald Mackenzie Wallace • Viscount Harcourt • Maurice De Mauny Talvande • Frank Podmore • E.F. Benson • Earl Russell • Earl Farquhar • Earl Beauchamp • The Hon. Charles Harris • Oscar Browning • The Earl of Portsmouth • Arnold Morley • Baron Killanin • Frank Schuster • George Maquay • Hugo Wemyss • Baron Welby • The Earl of Sandwich • Augustus Hare • Hamilton Aïdé • Harry Melvill • Major Sir John Thorold.


The Cunliffe-Owens • Alexander Meyrick Broadley • The Bachelors’ Club And Its Founders • The Royal Windsor Tapestry Manufactory • The Modern Man And Homosexuality • The Pleasures Of The Continent • Maundy Gregory.


The Pleasaunce Visitors Book

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