The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue

Author(s): Piu Marie Eatwell

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The extraordinary story of the Druce-Portland affair, one of the most notorious, tangled and bizarre legal cases of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. In 1897 an elderly widow, Anna Maria Druce, made a strange request of the London Ecclesiastical Court: it was for the exhumation of the grave of her late father-in-law, T.C. Druce. Behind her application lay a sensational claim: that Druce had been none other than the eccentric and massively wealthy 5th Duke of Portland, and that the - now dead - Duke had faked the death of his alter ego. When opened, Anna Maria contended, Druce's coffin would be found to be empty. And her children, therefore, were heirs to the Portland millions. The legal case that followed would last for ten years. Its eventual outcome revealed a dark underbelly of lies lurking beneath the genteel facade of late Victorian England.


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Piu Marie Eatwell studied English at Oxford and is a trained barrister. Her first book, They Eat Horses, Don't They, was published by Head of Zeus in August 2013.

General Fields

  • : 9781781856086
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : October 2014
  • : 210mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2014
  • : books

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  • : 8pp b&w photos
  • : 352
  • : 364.18
  • : 1114
  • : Hardback
  • : Piu Marie Eatwell