Joy Hancox

The Queen's Chameleon

The-Queen's-Chameleon
By Joy Hancox

The Queen's Chameleon

Life of John Byrom – A Study in Conflicting Loyalties
Hardcover: ……………………… 276 pages
Publisher: ……………………… Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication date: ……………………… April 1994
ISBN-13: ……………………… 978-0224030472

Cover Cost: £18.99

John Byrom (1691-1763) was an enigma, a playboy, philosopher, poet and possibly spy. On the one hand a pillar of the establishment, Byrom was also an active and secret Jacobite who conducted a love affair with Queen Caroline. At least one of Byrom’s close associates went to the gallows to protect his good name in high society while George II, unaware of the traitor at the gate, granted him, by Act of Parliament, a monopoly license to teach his new system of phonetic shorthand to leading political and social figures who might have to conceal their communications.