James Buchan

John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century

County Buildings
Thu 3 Oct

James Buchan tells the mesmerising story of the financier who rose from humble Scottish origins to control the purse-strings of Europe’s most powerful nation. Law rescued France from its costly wars and the extravagances of the Sun King, but at the cost of a stock-market crash that laid the groundwork for the revolution. His biographer sets the record straight about the life of a figure often seen as a crook, a rake and a madman. “One of our finest writers,” John Burnside, The Times. [611]

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