The Hell Fire Club Author:Daniel P. Mannix 18th Century London was a raw, brutal city, Dandies wore lace at the cuff and high-heel shoes-but they also carried pistols and a sword, and were proficient with both. Stately town houses were built by Adam and Vanbrugh-but in the streets twelve year old girls were kidnapped and sold as prostitutes to diseased rakes. — Wealthy young noblemen roa... more »med the streets in packs, smashing windows and provoking sword fights with commoners or spent their nights in drunken revelry in one of the many privately organized "clubs."
There were dozens of these clubs, but the most famous was the Hell-Fire Club. Their meeting place was a ruined abbey, redecorated with all the obscene trappings of wealthy and perverted taste. Their interests were sex, pornography and political conspiracy. Their orgies celebrated over a period on twenty years shocked the nation. The policies they developed helped bring about the American Revolution. They died of disease and madness, duals and debauchery yet many of them were as remarkable for their achievements as for their vices. For the Hell Fire Club was no mere gang of rakes and bloods its members were the most important and influential men of the British Government!« less