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The professor & the parson : a story of desire, deceit and defrocking

Author: Adam Sisman
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One day in November 1958, the celebrated historian Hugh Trevor-Roper received a curious letter. It was an appeal for help, written on behalf of a student at Magdalen College, with the unlikely claim that he was being persecuted by the Bishop of Oxford. Curiosity piqued, Trevor-Roper agreed to a meeting. It was to be his first encounter with Robert Parkin Peters: plagiarist, bigamist, fraudulent priest and imposter  Read more...
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Named Person: Robert Parkins Peters
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Sisman
ISBN: 1788162110 9781788162111
OCLC Number: 1066039466
Description: 231 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I: 1958-9. In which the professor meets the parson and hears his history --
In which the parson is ejected from Oxford. Part II: 1959-83. In which the professor studies the parson's past --
In which the parson pledges to do better --
In which the parson finds a saviour --
In which the parson does some silly things --
In which the parson appoints himself principal --
In which the professor comes a cropper. Part III: 1983-2005. The apartheid parson --
In which the parson appoints himself principal (reprise). Epilogue. Conclusion: Person parson.
Other Titles: Professor and the parson
Story of desire, deceit and defrocking
Responsibility: by Adam Sisman.

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One day in November 1958, the celebrated historian Hugh Trevor-Roper received a curious letter. It was an appeal for help, written on behalf of a student at Magdalen College, with the unlikely claim that he was being persecuted by the Bishop of Oxford. Curiosity piqued, Trevor-Roper agreed to a meeting. It was to be his first encounter with Robert Parkin Peters: plagiarist, bigamist, fraudulent priest and imposter extraordinaire. The Professor and the parson traces the strange career of one of Britain's most eccentric criminals. Motivated not by money but by a desire for prestige, Peters' lied, stole and cheated his way to academic positions and religious posts from Cambridge to New York, Singapore and South Africa. Frequently deported, and even more frequently discovered, his trail of destruction included seven marriages (three of which were bigamous), an investigation by the FBI and a disastrous appearance on Mastermind. Based on Trevor-Roper's own detailed 'file on Peters', The Professor and the parson is a witty and charming account of eccentricity, extraordinary narcissism and a life as wild and unlikely as any in fiction.

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A twisty, tricksy biography ... a thorough and thoroughly entertaining reconstruction of the life and lies of Robert Peters. Suspend your disbelief ... The Professor and the Parson would make a fine Read more...

 
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