The professor & the parson : a story of desire, deceit and defrocking / by Adam Sisman.
By: Sisman, Adam.Material type: BookPublisher: London : Profile Books, 2019Copyright date: �2019Description: 231 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1788162110; 9781788162111.Other title: The professor and the parson | Story of desire, deceit and defrocking.Subject(s): Peters, Robert Parkins | Swindlers and swindling | FraudDDC classification: 364.163092
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'I embarrassed myself by uncontrollable guffaws ... This is a truly wonderful story' A. N. Wilson, Spectator'A white-knuckle roller-coaster ride of fibs and frauds' Sunday Telegraph'An utterly mad, and wholly delightful story of chicanery and fantasy' Simon WinchesterOne 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. 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.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.