Colonel Parke of Virginia: "The Greatest Hector in the Town": A Biography - Helen Hill MillerAlgonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A couple of very small dings to the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: “Colonel Daniel Parke shocked his colonial Virginia neighbours by bringing home a mistress from England and flaunting her presence among the gentry.
He quarrelled with the Bishop of London’s commissary in Williamsburg, dragging his wife out of a pew in Bruton Parish Church.
In England he sought a seat in the House of Commons and was censured for election methods that were corrupt even by the standards of Restoration England.
He carried the news of Marlborough’s momentous victory at Blenheim back to London and Queen Anne gave him a gold locket encrusted with diamonds.
He sought to break up the smuggling trade in the Leeward Islands, while simultaneously playing fast and loose with other men’s wives. Eventually he was murdered by a mob.
In this first full-scale biography of the notorious Daniel Parke II of Virginia, Helen Hill Miller details the fascinating and sometimes appalling life of a reckless, ambitious man who cut a wide swath on several continents, left a will that scandalized his executors, and, paradoxically, numbered among his descendants some of the most distinguished and respected figures in Virginian and American life.
To tell Parke’s story, Miller combed through records in the United States, England, and Bavaria, turning up material that fills in crucial gaps in his life. Steeped in colonial American and English history, meticulously researched yet written clearly and gracefully for general readers, Colonel Parke of Virginia will henceforth be the standard life of a noteworthy historical figure.”