The Whartons of Winchendon by Jonathan Law
A Tale of Dynasty, Power and Madness at the Heart of Stuart England

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



Deep in the heart of rural Buckinghamshire sits a rambling 17th-century house called The Wilderness. Barely noticed now, it was once part of a great palace and home to one of the most remarkable families in English history.

In this riveting, tragic, but frequently hilarious book, Jonathan Law tells the strange story of the Wharton family in the turbulent era between the Civil War and the Jacobite Rebellion. The family’s meteoric rise and fall turns out to be a drama of Shakespearian proportions – a story of faction and intrigue, of high politics and low shenanigans, of dynastic power and strange human cruelties. It is also a tale of incest, treason, alchemy, deep-sea diving, syphilis, ghosts, and the self-proclaimed Solar King of the World – a man who believed he had found the doors to Fairyland.

The world may have forgotten the Whartons of Winchendon; but after you've read this book, you never will.

About Jonathan Law

See more books from this Author
Published September 26, 2014 by Dabbler Editions. 68 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel.

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Whartons of Winchendon


It is said that when Townshend – who was known for his foul temper – learned of his wife’s association with the notorious Lord Wharton, he immediately tore her from their children and had her locked her into her rooms at Raynham Hall, Norfolk;

Nov 11 2014 | Read Full Review of The Whartons of Winchendon: A...